Sometimes I need to mix mindless routine things, between heavy-thinking ones, my mental buffer of rest between hard tasks. I admit freely that focus has always been a challenge for me. In the long run I’m not sure if this has proven anything, or if I’d be better off ignoring this tendency …
Sometimes I make great lists – triage everything from the most critical/urgent things, sort and prioritize everything so I’m certain I’ve not left anything out, but when it comes time to do those things I am far removed from anything I might even loosely call organization or deliberateness. I’m not sure that is right or wrongheaded, I just know that’s how I work.
The body seems to go where my brain wants to send it, when I wants.
Dear Mark, I am so very sad to hear that Gusta has gone to the Bridge. She knew who would be there for her & you were on Friday when she needed you the most. My deepest condolences to you. We lost our wonderful German Sheppard dog Cybil in 1998 & to this day I still miss her so much. Since her passing we have had no more dogs but cats seem to find a home in our hearts & house. Take care. Big hug to you, MC, Bottrel, AB
I was very sad to hear about Gusta. She became a part of your readers’ lives as well through your daily musings and anyone who has had the fortune of keeping the company of a canine from pup to geriatric will have been reminded of their own experience and sense of loss when death came. Be well, RH, Calgary, AB
Hi Mark, You do not know me, yet we have shared the common experience of losing and grieving the loss of a furry long-term companion. Over my life, I have had the good fortune of four companions, Thumper, Tad, Teka and Keely. Unconditional acceptance from my four companions, added joy my childhood, early marriage, and friend indeed and friend when in need to my son, wife and myself. I have always appreciated the love from my family members with fur. I also valued of having someone to love. I too have felt that last heartbeat beside my furry friend and son. As I have gotten older, with the passing of each friend the significance and wonder of life has revisited me with new insights about living today, experiencing the good things in life, and fighting those actions and ideologies the diminish life of all kinds. Sometimes the socialization related to being male, gets in the way of being human, and hence we do not show our emotions or attachments. I think this is a tragedy. The world benefits from love, compassion, empathy and tolerance and our understanding we need others to be healthy. The myth of rugged individualism does not serve men well. Yes, men have emotions and thank goodness for those who can show those can serve humanity. Sending positive energy your way. With respect, MH, Edmonton, AB