No dollar is appreciated as much as when you don’t have one.
Just as opportunities are better appreciated when you’ve missed them, importance of someone special (or precious dog) is never appreciated enough – profoundly evident when they’re gone.
Sadly, availability of people who matter isn’t something we can turn on like a tap.
Not everything works that way.
I love solitude, and I love people – when I’m with a group pulling together like a team of horses, I don’t crave solitude because I can have solitude any time I want. Anywhere I want.
When things are going swimmingly I don’t navel-gaze much. I don’t feel compelled in those moments to examine my motives, my purpose, my deep-seated angst or my raison-detre. Who does?
But when we are on the mountain top, there is euphoria and sense of accomplishment and appreciation of one’s own value unlike any other times. Conversely, when really down it is no better time to examine (maybe wallow a short while) the despair of sad and lonely, revisiting disappointment of having done (or failed to have) what ought to have been done …
Clarifying one’s life-purpose is an ongoing.
I’ve found there are times when this comes clearest; two parts to this – triggers, and re-examination.
Triggers are easily identified – they arrive in times of significant emotional upheaval. Used to be big deals, big events and big disasters; yes, very high points and lowest points on my emotional scale when time and attention is really needed for the big ‘thing’ or for solving the low-point issue/problem, but in comes the inquiring mind …
Hello Mark, I am so sorry for your loss. I truly understand the importance of a dog. Tango (who you met at our home) is my companion, my confidante, my work out buddy, my movie date, my all. There is no other relationship that offers unconditional love to the degree a dog does. They take in all our stress, our anxiety and with a good petting, we feel better and they grow older. Tango wants nothing more than a daily walk, a cuddle and more treats than are good for him. Gusta will be missed. She has earned her spot in Rainbow Heaven. Bless her. With love and hugs, the other JF, Calgary, AB