Month: February 2010

Lessons From A Puggle

I fostered a puggle the shelter named “Muffin” a couple of weeks ago.  What is a puggle, you ask?  It is a Pug-Beagle mix.  She came from a shelter in Iowa, so her true breeding is really a mystery, but Puggle was a good guess at what she might be.

This little ball of fur taught me quite a lot in the short week she was here and I thought it might be fun to share that with you today.


“Muffin” is a ball of energy!  She was definitely not a good fit for a permanent member of our household, but we aren’t looking for a new member so that’s fine.  She would tear around the house at MAC 10, running and running and sometimes, literally, bouncing off the walls.  I was amazed at how energetic she is!

“Muffin” loves to be loved!  She would lick and lick anyone who would give her 10 seconds of their life.  She would relish in belly rubs and other petting.

Whenever “Muffin” went outside, she would run and run some more.  Even though the snow was deeper than she is tall, she would run.  She chased balls.  She chased my two labs.  She raced the neighbor’s dog up and down the fence over and over.

“Muffin” knows how to embody JOY.  She is the definition of exuberant living.  She does not care if I think she is crazy.  She does not care if the kids laugh at her.  She does not mind if the neighbors laugh.  She knows how to BE who she is created to be without worrying about what others might think of it.

What if we could all be “Muffin” for the day?

How much JOY could we experience?
How much LIGHT could we shine on our lives?
How happy might our INNER SELF be that we are choosing exuberance?

Would you be willing to let go of everything in your life that doesn’t allow your inner “Muffin” to emerge?

Much Gratitude,


A Valentine For Everyone!

I received this amazing article from my friend, Marilyn, who is an amazing woman and psychotherapist in Texas.  She primarily works with addiction, but wrote this beautiful piece especially for Valentine’s Day and honored me by allowing me to share it with you.

Her suggestions for “being the gift” are quite wonderful.  Thank you to Marilyn for sharing with us!!!

I hope you enjoy it!

Are You Your Best Valentine?

Much Gratitude,

Are You Aware Of The Truth?

Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented. ~Georges Braque

I read this quote and was deeply touched by its meaning.  I’ve experienced some pretty turbulent times over the last year and much of it can be summed up, right here, in this quote.  Isn’t that interesting?

What Truth?

I’d like to reflect here, on the truth of who I am, who you are, who we are.  The deep inner truth of the real US.

What is that exactly, you may find yourself asking?  Quite honestly, I cannot answer that for you.  I cannot tell you who YOU are or what YOU are.  That could possibly be, yet another, falsehood.  Only you know who YOU are.

Only YOU Know!

I would like to emphasize this point:  ONLY YOU KNOW. Others do not know, although they often pretend to know and then impart their, albeit inaccurate, wisdom on you.  They often choose some of your darkest moments in which to do it also.  Isn’t that kind of them?  Or NOT!

Only you know the truth of who you are.  Only you know who resides deep inside.

Here are a few ideas though to get your juices flowing:

Most people I know who are procrastinators are not actually lazy, although they appear as such and are often referred to as such.  Most people I know who procrastinate are such hard working individuals that they become overwhelmed by their own drive and desire to achieve!  They desire to do well and they desire to work hard and so they take on numerous projects and then become overwhelmed to the point of non-action.

Many people I know who appear to “the public” to be a little cold or callus are not.  They actually care SO deeply and SO profoundly that they have to be protective of themselves in who they allow themselves to care for.

Look at these examples and look at YOU.  Ask yourself some questions.  Find out who you are through your own little discovery mission.  It can be quite fun.

I Can Tell You This

You are not mean.
You are not cruel.
You are not ugly.
You are not lazy.
You are not stupid.
You are not any of those negative things that people say to cut you down in order to make themselves appear superior.

They are all falsehoods invented by someone else & ultimately bought by you as truth…but they are not true!

Much Gratitude,