The Journey of Life
The journey of life is where my true growth and learning happens. I don't need to go on a physical journey, vacation or trip to witness this growth. What it does encompass is how I view my life. Right now I find myself in a desert kind of place in my life's journey. Much to my amazement, I find that it is when I am in a desert type setting (which is where I think most people are in our current climate) I grow the most. It is in the silent whispers of nature, the rainbow that suddenly appears across the sky that I have found I've learned the most. When I take the time to reflect on the beauty in nature, I feel a sense of peace and tranquility. But, this doesn't happen all of the time. There are times when things get the better of me and it's hard to see things clearly. I was told by a very wise and wonderful man that when the road on my life's journey seems rocky I am encouraged to quiet myself down, bring myself gently and lovingly back to this place of peace and comfort...a place of hope and gratitude. This destination is of the utmost importance to me. It has helped me tremendously over these past six months. However, stopping to see these signs and practicing this type of thinking can be a challenging and daunting job one of which I sometimes find slightly difficult to do.
Then there is the road to this destination which sometimes takes me on a course that is not the easiest or fastest route on my journey through life. Yet, it has brought me to where I am today. Many things have happened in my life that I've often felt were not the way I had wished would have taken place. But, in retrospect, I can see now why they had to happen to bring me to the place I am today. Going back to school after I left my families business was traumatic to me at the time. However, if that had not happened, I would have never achieved the success I enjoy today. Through my academic years I gained the confidence to be able to stand firm in my beliefs and become independent in my thinking. I have become a successful professional fine artist and mom to a famous canine artist. Going back to school as an adult my professors became my peers and we very often had some pretty interesting conversations over lunch and coffee about the subjects they taught. I loved every course I took and reveled in learning about so many things. I excelled so much so that I was awarded the Golden Key Award for Academic Excellence. An honor I will always take pride in receiving.
As I reflect on my life, I realize that sometimes I missed what was valuable by focusing only on goals. Don't get me wrong, on the contrary, I needed those goals to obtain the success I have achieved thus far in my life. And in reality during this COVID-19 Pandemic, I see things a bit differently now. I still have goals that I'd like to achieve. However, I've come to realize that my life's journey is more than a set of goals I've placed before me. Being in quarantine since January (due to my adrenal surgery and the pandemic), my life has slowed down quite a bit. I've had more time to reflect on the beauty that surrounds me, the people and fur babies that are all part of my life's journey. I've come to appreciate them more. And even though it's been a really challenging time for all of us, it's important that we all try very hard to concentrate on being grateful for all of the blessings bestowed on us each and everyday. I want you to know that YOU are all part of the blessings and gratitude I feel. I am truly thankful for all of you being a part of my life's journey.
Talking to my oncologist the other day, he assured me that in the near future we will have a vaccine for this terrible virus. I know that almost everyone all over the world is praying for that. When it does happen and we are able to receive the vaccine and enter into our "new" normal, I hope to look back at this time in our history as a time of deep reflection of the blessings in my life. The people and pets I hold dear to my heart. And how much more they mean to me than any material possession I thought was of the utmost importance to me Pre-COVID_19.
In closing, I would like to leave you this month with a little humble advice...
Take the time to learn, create and inspire in this desert time in your lives. May the silent whispers of nature speak to you and give you the strength and courage to continue your work here on earth as you give thanks for the blessings along your journey of life each and everyday. And if you get to a place that your road's journey becomes rocky, gently and lovingly bring yourself back to that place of peace and tranquility.
Happy Tales to You,
Take one step at a time...
It's been close to four months since we first heard about the COVID-19 virus that was revenging the world. It has been a frightening and challenging time for all of us. Keeping a positive attitude during these troubled times can be one of the hardest things we can do right now. As Americans we are given a choice to either follow a set of guidelines (including wearing a face mask, washing your hands often and social distancing) or doing our own thing. This is our right as Americans. I'm a proponent of wearing a face mask and sticking to the Guidelines put forth by the CDC. I believe they're life savers. But, unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way. Some people are resistant to adhering to the Guidelines.
On Saturday, July 4th, Americans all across this great nation of ours celebrate Independence Day. This is what our forefathers fought for and our soldiers still fight for throughout the world. Independence in this day and age calls for us to be smart and steadfast in our lives. It means to stay the course and do what works scientifically.
However, being independent does not mean that we should squander these rights neither. As I write this blog today, our nation is seeing an uptick in Corona Virus cases with a sad possible second wave. Top doctors all over the world have said publicly that face masks are very effective in stopping the spread of the virus. On Dagger's Social Media channels I've repeatedly posted the great need to wear a face mask, keep your hands clean and social distancing. These guidelines will keep us independent in the long run.
Yes, face masks are not the most illustrious fashion statement and they do make it a bit harder to breathe. However, if they are going to save your life and the lives of other people, why not wear one when you are in public places? It's just a simple ask. It's the responsible thing to do. Here in New York, it is mandatory to wear a face mask in stores and businesses. Most people I know are adhering to the guidelines. We are making strides to keep the virus at bay. Let's keep it that way. The virus is still lurking around. It's our duty to see that we are all safe and protected from this terrible insidious disease. In the long run, it's the only defense...right now...we have to fight to keep our independence by staying well and keeping out of danger of contracting the virus. Please, set a good example to others. Wear a face mask.
By taking one step at a time, we will get through this. Try to stay positive. Use this time to learn something new. You may just find out that you have a hidden talent that you never knew you had. Creating a work of art or a craft that you've just learned how to do can add some positive energy to your lives. Reading a wonderful novel can take you on an adventure through a world of someone else's imagination. I just finished reading a terrific book, "Where the Crawdads Sing" written by Delia Owens. If you've read a good book recently, let me know about it.
I also recently taught myself how to crochet. It's not the best, but I'm trying. I crocheted my grandson a blanket and I am now creating one for my granddaughter. It was awesome to get a short video of him enjoying his new blanket. That made my day 😍
There are so many things that we can be grateful
and thankful for...
the sunrise, the beauty in nature, hearing the birds chirping, witnessing the magnificence of a sunset.
Try to stay positive...
Try to see the beauty in your surroundings.
Be Grateful. Be Thankful.
Stay well. Stay safe.
Happy July 4th~ Happy Independence Day!!
Happy tales to you,
I can pray...
A Place where I can Bark, Blog and Woof a Little
written by Yvonne Dagger