It All Depends On How You Ask The Question.

I have three dogs. One is a good sized mixed breed who is getting on in years (13). The other two are small breeds who are about two years old. All of the dogs I’ve had through out my life have always stayed (adequate shelter provided) and enjoyed being outside.

With the addition of the two younger dogs, so began a new experience with small breeds who are not as tough when it comes to outside weather elements. With these two I had to invest in a metal crate so that they could be brought into the house during the cold winter months. They aren’t the best trained dogs, but they do alright.

So this morning I let them out for about an hour. They started running to the door and when I went outside they decided to come in. I put them into their crate and they proceeded to go to sleep. They were quiet for a couple of hours but then started moving around and stretching in the crate. I went over to check on them and they were just sitting there looking at me. I said to them (yes, I talk to my dogs), “do you want to go outside?”, as if they can answer me back. They both just kind of looked at me with a blank expression. Then I said, “do you want to pee?”, and the response was instant. One jumped up from her lying position and the other started head butting the crate door.

So to reiterate, it all depends on how you ask the question.

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What If…

Two simple words that have a very powerful impact on how one sees themselves and their life. These words can make you think back to a moment when you had a decision/choice to make. When you look back, what made you decide or choose the way you did? Were you lucky enough to get to the point you were trying to get to or were you met with detours?

“What if…” always comes in to play when I start evaluating where I currently am in life. When I look back I start thinking, “what if” I had said yes instead of no, or vice versa? “What if” I had listen to my gut instead of listen to my brain talk me about of trying something out of my comfort zone? I wonder why the “what if” question doesn’t come in to play at the time you are making your decision? Maybe if we asked ourselves “what if” before making a decision, perhaps we wouldn’t be so hard on ourselves later and we would be more satisfied with the decisions we’ve made and where we end up in life.

Wheel

“Not the wheel ?!! Even the royal house of Hanover had the wheel, sir.”. This movie line quote from The Beatles movie “Help!”  is the first thing I thought of when I read today’s one-word prompt. As I thought about how to convey my response to this word, I had a visualization of the spinning wheel one sees while waiting for a computer to respond to a command. This visual resulted in the song “Spinning Wheel” by the band Blood, Sweat, & Tears coming to mind. Such random thoughts from a word I never really think about.

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Cringe

As I begin this post I am struck by the fact that I set up a WordPress account a little over a year ago and only have 7 posts. I really had every intention of posting on a regular basis, but as the year went by, I found myself cringing each time I thought about logging on because of the self-doubt I had about what I would write about and putting those thoughts and ideas out there. I’ve come across a couple of articles which talked about how a person’s self-doubt can get into their minds and that it is a strong deterrent. So, I am definitely learning that a person’s worst critic may be his or herself.
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