I was flipping through photos this morning when I came across this one with Teddy. Teddy was hoping for some of the popcorn we’d made that day for the photoshoot. He passed away only a few weeks later on New Year’s Eve 2018. It was sooo hard to let go. He’d been such a fun-loving fixture in our lives.
Nine months went by and on November 2, 2019, we adopted two new bulldogs, Moose & Milo. They have brought us a ton of joy these past six and a half weeks, and they’ve sparked a lot of memories of Teddy.
Too often we forget this basic fact:
Everything we experience is seasonal and transient.
When we remember that nothing is permanent… it changes our perspective, our attitude, and our experience. We can enjoy and savor the happy highs more, and we can lean into the painful lows and know these too shall ease. We can love on our precious peeps just a little harder and let go of transgressions and hurts just a little faster. We can practice patience, with ourselves and others. We can choose to honor the miracle of living our full life.
Look around you. All of it is temporary. All of it. Who or what might you need to let go of to ease your pain? Who or what might you give the gift of your attention and full presence this holiday season to brighten your spirit and fill your heart?