Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Pulling Against the Leash

A note for: forThursday 9th April 2008

Welcome to Thursday.

We are having such an amazing week here at this desk. Communications with subscribers is wonderful and highly enlightening. Some folks have realized that to gain control of their financial life, they have to be in control of what it is they do to generate finances.

Also, I’m reminded yet again that many North Americans do not really know what it means to struggle. For the most part, many of today’s baby boomers and younger, have never lived in abject fear and poverty. Many of the immigrants who now call this amazing continent home, clearly are aware of what it means to eke out an existence day-to-day, and they set examples everyone could learn from.

I know I get strange reactions when I talk about the upcoming economic corrections ahead of us, as many, many people continue to take the “ostrich” approach to their financial future. But folks, I’m going to continue to drive the point, the J.O.B. world holds absolutely no security, and that home-based entrepreneurship is going to the saving of many people.

Today’s offering proposes something that is worth some of your time.

Pulling Against the Leash
By Joyce Shafer live a dog's life.

While in the park, I saw a young girl walking her miniature dog. Something caught its eye that I couldn't see yet because shrubs blocked my view. The dog would surge forward, barking non-stop at the top of its miniature voice, and the leash would pull it back. I watched this surge/pulled-back action repeat over and over, and thought that life is sometimes like that. Then, I saw what was causing the behavior when a man came around the point with a very large dog on a leash. Whether wise or not, the little dog was fearless in the presence of the bigger dog. That little dog believed in itself. It was 100-percent into its dogness. It was authentic.

We talk about how nice it would be to live a dog's life. We mean that in terms of how dogs have their needs met and are lavished with affection, sleep when they need to, and are always ready to play. If we think about this, we could create a "dog's life" for ourselves. Emphasis on the COULD. And we could note that in our human lives, we aren't always so fearless about taking on challenges, no matter the size. Nor are we always as passionate about them as the little dog was.

Sometimes we surge forward and are pulled back. Are we as willing to aim to gain even a few "inches" if that's what we can do at that moment? The little dog was focused on a target and was willing to continue moving forward until it reached it.

The little dog's target may have been an inappropriate one. I don't know what its expected outcome was, but had the bigger dog been in a bad mood, the outcome might not have been a desired one. And let's not ignore that there was a protective control factor at work here since both people monitored what was going on so they could prevent a negative result.

When we are aware of our connection to the larger consciousness and how we participate with it, know and trust that it operates on our behalf; we see it functions like the people, the caregivers, who held the leashes. When we focus on targets that are inappropriate for us and may actually create negative or unpleasant outcomes, we should appreciate the "fail-safe" that is in place. The little dog was forced to abandon its target because it was on the end of a leash. It did not focus on the inappropriateness of straining to hit a target it shouldn't. We, however, are able to pay attention and recognize that a particular target is not the right one for us. Perhaps, it actually led us to a different target, the one we should aim at.

We can consider and choose, reassess, change our target at will, take aim, and reach it. We may recognize that aspects of a dog's life are ones we'd like to have, and as I said earlier, we COULD create for ourselves; but we also have the option to decide, mindfully, what is truly appropriate for us.

Also, consider how a dog owner must appear to the dog. We probably appear as quite powerful to them. We'd benefit if we thought of ourselves the way our pets do. And another thing we can borrow from a dog is to choose to "wag our tails" in joy and play more often.

A dog is always willing to make the most of every moment.

Life is what we make it.

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