Time Out

Photo by Angela Kirk

A few weeks ago when many of the governor’s issued their stay at home orders, it occurred to me that it kind of felt like being placed in “time out.” Granted, it didn’t happen because anyone was in trouble, but it has drastically changed our daily lives and no one likes that. This is the first time I have ever witnessed almost an entire nation of adults and children being asked to stay put and I have to admit it is quite interesting to see how humans respond.

Thankfully, most of you are doing a great job and that keeps all of us safe, but there are some that need to be redirected over and over again. Their behavior reminds me of myself sometimes whenever I get in trouble with Doc. It is usually because I have something in my mouth that I am not supposed to eat or play with. After she directs me to “drop it”, she sends me to my bed to calm down and think about my behavior. Just like humans, I don’t really care for consequences, so as soon as she leaves the room I sneak away until I am caught and we start all over again. I guess it’s only natural that we don’t want someone restricting what we want to do, yet sometimes that is just what we need to be safe.

Doc has told me many times that most things in life are about perspective. In other words we have choices about how we react to events and the circumstances we are in. The author Wayne Dyer sums it up best; ” As I look back at the entire tapestry of my life, I can see from the perspective of the present moment that every aspect of my life was necessary and perfect. Each step eventually led to a higher place, even though these steps often felt like obstacles or painful experiences”.

As always, stay safe and well until next time.

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