Just go on

Does the waterfall hold back

her waters as they plunge downward,

Foaming and furling

into dark pools 

Deep and cold?

Does she draw herself away from the thirsty? 

Does the sun hold back 

her shine,

Spilling swift and soft through velvet space

upon the earth below?

When does she hoard her light and say you’ve had enough?

Does the earth scratch back

her black soil from the trees

And halt the churning alchemy of life,

Saying, I’ve fed you long enough?

Be like the waterfall, 

Or the sun. 

Be like the earth

And just go on,

Pouring forth and shining,

Nurturing and feeding,

Loving and giving.

Just go on. 

Ruby’s (almost) four!

She was my first conformation dog, and I’ve learned so much!

I learned that…

It’s not as much about the conformation of the dog, as it is about the brushing, nail trimming, bathing, diet, training and your bond together.

It’s not as much about the dog as it is about the handler’s skills, knowledge, and attitudes.

It’s not as much about the dog and the handler as it is about the unique conditions of the day, the competition, and the judge.

It’s not as much about the dog as it is about luck.

It’s not as much about the dog, handler, conditions of the day and luck, as it is about love.

Enjoy her birthday video.

Fifteen

We are celebrating Kaylah’s completion of fifteen earth years, on January 8th.
She was our second Schipperke, our first being a divine little beast whose physical form was a disaster; heart, liver, thyroid. Her fighting spirit and Schipperke elan delighted us. We’d adopted her at two, and we finally released her at six.

Kaylah (Mazeru’s Kenya) came to us from Anna Verleg, in Vernon BC. She was a feisty puppy, (factory installed) and I was a complete novice pet owner. She endured my ignorance with equanimity.  Over the past decade and a half, I have diligently taught myself to be a better trainer and she has skilfully guided me to becoming a better human being.

Thank you, Kaylah.

 

You’re no better

A friend FB posted the now famous photo of Trump publicly mimicking a disabled person.

Someone immediately rebutted, saying that if you’ve ever circled your finger around your temple when referring to another person being ‘crazy’, you’re no better. 

The subtext argument is that you’re just as bad as this person and you’ve no right to criticize their insensitivity because you’ve done things like that too. 

This argument tends to give people pause, which possibly pleases the attacking person to see they were effective in stopping the conversation.

It’s good that we pause.  It shows we are sensitive. We are reflecting on that person’s attack and taking responsibility.

In that crystalline pause lies the opportunity to further ask yourself, do I regret having said or done things like that?  Do I strive to understand other people better, every day?  Am I trying to learn more about other people’s history and their situations and be less reactive and judgmental?

All of us have been cruel or unthinking or unkind. We’re human.
All of us, have been ignorant or unaware of other people’s situations and have not been able to see their struggles through their minds, hearts and bodies. We’re human.

What is most supremely human is that we have the ability to see our ignorance and act to change it.

We can find the courage in ourselves to let go of what we’ve always believed or been taught. A person’s ability to say “I used to think…and now I know” is a measure of their freedom. A measure of their independent freedom of thought and their freedom from other people’s authority and control. In a word, maturity. 

Sometimes, by accepting purposeful change in ourselves we lose things we once held dear, our past habits, or our present safe and familiar lives. Sometimes, we have to leave friends and family behind.
But I believe that our ability to self reflect and to courageously make changes in ourselves, is our greatest human potential. 

I take constant inspiration in these turbulent times, from seeing mature people stand up, vulnerable to the temporary pain that comes from seeing the imperative for change and still choosing it.   

So the next time someone says “You’re no better’, thank them for that reminder that none of us is better than the other, but that all of us can be better than we were.

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