Messages we send and receive in our interactions – subtle ones we scarcely notice or draw attention to.
They show up.
Attention. Intention. Interest.
When those are present, we are awesome. Whoever we are talking with knows it.
When those are absent, we kid ourselves if we expect nobody will know.
We might excuse, or dodge, but our deflections only draw greater attention to the unspoken – they why, or the why not, inside our words, our actions, our fears.
This courageous day, no different than any chicken-scat day.
A day has no intentions or expectations. This seems pretty much a human-feature. OK, dogs have expectations too – being fed, watered, walked or petted – but when they don’t get that they simply lay down for a nap. And get past it.
If only that were a human quality …
column written/ published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 11C/51F, cloud wisps swirl on cool morning breeze before daybreak and Gusta seemed to stretch out her ‘duties’ this morning as a clever manoevre to get a longer than usual walk – or maybe she’s just gotten used to the very early starts each Tuesday brings and she’s savouring the experience of morning silence before birds start (which they now have) their cacophony of wake-up music …
As I watch this dearly loved four-legged creature embark on her journey through life I am overwhelmed with envy some days. As I read your postscripts with always a mention of Gusta and the freedom she displays so readily a smile crosses my face. I wonder if God created dog in order for mankind to learn how to be free spirited. They have such a confidence in their existing as our companions as if they know something that we do not. GW, Bon Wier, Tx.