We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars – Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan
A dog is quite honestly the loveliest thing in the world. I know this. I do. And yet, sometimes, I forget. I forget the amount of joy and kindness that they exude. I try not to take these things for granted, but somehow, when I’m reminded of their remarkableness, I realize that I had been taking this amazing species for granted.
I don’t do well with winter. I get mopey and lack my usual excitement for things. I pump the Vitamin D and try and stay active. It’s just, without that sun and warmth I turn into a shell version of myself. So, when I find things that make me happy, I hang onto them pretty tight. Last night though, I got taken by surprise about what I tend to do every night. It came as an epiphany. I finally noticed what the last thing is that I do before I fall asleep.
As I laid in bed, I let the usual running thoughts start. However, lately I’ve really tried to control those. So, I started to listen to Porter’s breathing. He had already done his nightly ritual if his big cleansing breath. And I, of course, had copied him. But as I struggled to fall asleep I found I could hear his breathing pattern as he had slipped into his dreams.
His breaths were nothing short of adorable. I matched my breaths to his and pictured all the happiness that he brings me. All the pets that he wants so badly, the way he will drop everything when he sees my car pull up, the way he gives gentle kisses when I’m feeling sad, and the way he chose us, and most definitely, not the other way around.
I thought about all these things and started to feel myself drift off. And then I realized what was happening. I was smiling. I was falling asleep while smiling because of all the pure bliss my dog brings into my life. How many people can actually say they fall asleep while smiling? I realized then, that I am so lucky and grateful to have animals that love unconditionally in my life.
My goal is to notice the little things that bring me joy. And also to notice my body’s natural reaction to these things.
I had a tough session this morning, more on that later. So today, I will be taking full advantage of Porter’s love of pets and his unconditional love of me. And I will make sure to notice, that at the end of the day, my dog makes me smile as I fall asleep. How much better can it get than that?
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