Giant


What’s on my mind you may wonder? This giant commitment I am wanting to bring into my life – caring for another being of the fuzzy, furry sort. 

Although most people might not stop to think much of it, I do, and this is not something to rush into. Caring for a pet of any kind is a big responsibility  – one that I am happy to take on. True, it will be a massive expense when the pet takes ill, but I have thought about insurance and have saved up enough over the years as a pet fund – yeah, it has been long in the works of my wishlist.

But which pet do I want? A dog, for sure and maybe a cat as well, but I’ll take the dog first. For the love of a dog, I have been waiting all of my life. The cat will likely be more independent anyhow. But nothing seems to scream loyalty louder than a dog – a true companion to humankind. This is my main reason for wanting one – a true, loyal companion to take care of, to love, to treat as another family member. 

Of course, I’m going from shelter to shelter in search of this companion- I wouldn’t want it any other way than rescuing/adopting one. And on this journey I have discovered that there are so many pets already out there in need of loving homes. It almost makes me want to bring them all home with me! That would be out of the question, obviously… but I feel for them – especially the senior dogs who are in desperate need of love. Of course, people tend to gravitate toward the younger dogs because they have quite a bit to go in terms of their lifespan and seem healthier, but no one wants to adopt the older, calmer dogs that have settled down and perhaps are fighting the onset of arthritis and other wonderful gifts of aging. This breaks my heart. I, myself, am considering adopting a dog on the cusp of senior-hood because she was so calm and well behaved in a loud, crowded park filled with people and animals. That and the other dog I showed you in a previous post was deemed unsuitable for first time owners. :/ But, alas, I am still looking around and doing my homework on breeds, a dog’s needs, etc. 

If you have embarked on this giant commitment already, I would love to hear from you. Do you have any advice for a first time dog owner in search of a dog?

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Promises

Promises are best made when you know you can keep them. We don’t need anymore broken promises in this world. I think we can all agree on that.

Promises made in confidence are especially important to keep because trust is at stake. Trust is something built over time, but it can be destroyed in less than a second. That said, you must weigh the pros and cons of keeping a secret if you promised something would remain a secret. Of course, if that information could lead to someone being saved from a lot of pain, death, or any harm, that isn’t a promise worth keeping now is it?

So making our promises can be a tricky situation… What do we promise others? How often do we break these promises and why? What do we promise ourselves?

The last promise I made was to myself to stop looking in the wrong places for something authentic and real relationship-wise. Online dating may work for some, but it doesn’t always pan out quite how you’d like it to. Matchmaking may work for others, but then again, it doesn’t always work either. I decided to stop focusing so much on finding Mr. Right and, instead, focus on being Ms. Right. I have a lot of work to do! Haha!

I’d like to hear from you. What’s the last promise you made and were able to keep it? Why or why not?

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Mother and child pinky swearing, Japan

 

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Discover Challenge: Radical Authenticity

Radical authenticity? I would say yes, I have rarely seen this in today’s world and I have read about it in a world that existed over some 2000 years ago. If Christ wasn’t the embodiment of radical authenticity, I don’t know what this phrase means to you. If you want to find out what it brought to my mind, keep reading…

Christ not only went up against the established status quo, but he shattered the understanding that many had about their religion and faith – specifically in redefining what faith is and what Christianity became as it was founded. I think a lot about how he used shock and awe to show all people that there indeed is a God omnipotent and omnipresent Who has a deep unconditional love for all beings. In his life and death, resurrection included, Christ not only dedicated himself to loving the lowest of the low, the outcasts, and those looked down upon in society, but he taught people how to live in harmony –  to make love their law, a love unconditional and pure in heart toward every being. He died a violently tormenting death to drive his point home – God loves you unconditionally, so much so that He sent His only begotten Son to die so that you may live eternally. Your mistakes, your “sins,” your shortcomings as a human being were foreseen. You are human and not God, you are not expected to be perfect, but you are expected to love each other – period. Is that so hard to understand? Is it hard to do? Maybe sometimes, but He never said it was going to be easy. So I challenge you to be radically authentic: think about your beliefs, your faith, and what it truly means to be a follower of this faith. You will find a love for others at the heart of it. Are you really living it out? Are you being authentic in your efforts to do so?

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Cross and sunset

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Flattery

Whether it is the empty words of someone being fake, or the sincere words of someone who wants to express their validation of your positive traits or simply their love for you, flattery can sometimes be a dangerous state of mind…

When we are flattered, our guard may come down a bit as we feel validated and important, just a good feeling overall that fills us up temporarily. However, we should not forget that kind words are just that – kind words. They should not be read into extensively and lead to assumptions or conclusions solely based on a couple of nice words exchanged. Therein lies some danger…

The actions of a person are really what tell us how they truly feel about us. This is something we must always remember, especially when facing feelings of infatuation or attraction toward someone in particular. This truth will always save us from doing something we may later regret. It gives us the notion of placing some time between these kind words and our thought process of drawing conclusions to observe what actions follow these words. If the actions and words fall in line together, it is almost safe to say that the flattery was sincerely given and received. If the actions don’t follow the words, we can say perhaps the words were small talk and courtesy – not meant for true flattery. And as mature adults, we do not take offense at this discovery, but we accept it as a part of the hum-drum of daily life and keeping things civil – adding a little sweetness to daily life.flattery

 

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Realize

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Realize:
1. to grasp or understand clearly.
2. to make real; give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.).
3. to bring vividly to the mind.
4. to convert into cash or money: to realize securities.
5.to obtain as a profit or income for oneself by trade, labor, or investment.
6.to bring as proceeds, as from a sale: The goods realized $1000.
7. Music. to sight-read on a keyboard instrument or write out in notation the full harmony and ornamentation indicated by (a figured bass).

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Realize; we do it all of the time, but when was the last time you stopped to think about what you just realized? When was the last time you were caught off-guard by something, someone, somewhere?
There’s always the Colby Caillat song, “Realize,” which gets stuck in my head (and pleasantly so).
I just realized something today – that I can use the yarn sitting in my closet to give warmth to infants in an intensive care unit by knitting him/her a blanket and donating it to KnotsofLove.org. I realized I could do something good for someone who can’t do it for themselves just yet and who needs a little extra loving and care right now.
I’m sure when I put in the work and measure it out, this blanket will make me realize how tiny this little human being is and how warm he/she will be with it – all snuggled up and cozy inside.
If you know anyone who does knit or crochet, please urge them to visit KnotsofLove.org to see the list of approved yarns for little hats and they can find free patterns for knitting or crocheting little blankets with specific measurements. Blankets can be knitted using any cozy soft yarns. What’s a couple of dollars for some yarn anyway? Or, if you’re like me, you have enough yarn left over for a tiny blanket anyhow from your last knitting adventure.
Something to think about…

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Tree

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This word makes me think of family, an ever-growing expansion of branches that all lead to the same trunk and roots. Alive and thriving, sometimes wilting, but with care, time, and enough resources, it can be revived. Its shade can be a comfort, its falling leaves a nuisance at times to pick up, but alas it must be done and when piled up, it can be a perfect grounds for jumping into by the little ones in your family tree. A tree can make a yard feel more like home, can add a sense of security to a kitchen window with privacy and the like.

For kids, a tree can hold a tire swing and become essential to summer fun. It can be an obstacle to climb and the perfect home for a tree house – grounds for a secret society, password hailing, ghost stories, and shenanigans.

So what does the word “tree” bring to your mind? I’m curious to know. Perhaps you broke your arm falling from one you were trying to climb, or you used a branch to hold up a tent or fort outside as a child. Maybe you had to cut one down before its branches destroyed a rooftop. Perhaps you have more fond memories of a tree growing up. Do share!

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Daring

Jumping from a high height with no net, soaring through the sky with a parachute, taking a first airplane ride, sitting on a roller coaster, leaning in for that first kiss, taking the first step to a healthier lifestyle… All of these things, and many more, are considered daring… So I want to hear from you. What is the last daring thing that you’ve done whether it be bungee jumping, sky diving, or just taking away your dog’s bowl while he’s eating? What have you done that you might have been dreading before? I want you think long and hard about this. If your answer is, “I don’t know,” or “I can’t remember,” I want you to think of one thing that you absolutely don’t want to do but have to do. Now, go out and do it. Take that first step toward reaching that goal.

We all need to set goals and strive to achieve them, else what are we doing here? Just sitting to pass the time? I don’t think so. We have a brain and motivation for a reason. At the least we owe it to ourselves to better ourselves in some way, shape, or form for as long as we are alive. That, in itself, is what I like to think of as daring. Dare to be better than you were yesterday! Dare to be alive!

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Daring