When the training cycle for a particular request/command didn’t work, we just said “try again” and everyone would go back to the beginning. No resentments, blame, judgment or disconnection. We started over with our hearts still open. In my marriage and with everything in my life, I take that with me.
Why is it so much easier to try again and be forgiving with Bixby than it is with Ryan or with myself? Pets represent source energy, a pureness that we all are made of but rarely recognize. It’s really important for me to remember that the love I feel with/for Bixby is available in every relationship in my life- including the relationship with life itself. I want to treat life like I treat Bixby- will excessive joy, enthusiasm, reverence, patience, structure, boundaries, tenderness, play, appreciation and awe. It takes a certain level of willingness to give that to yourself- because the willingness to try again and awaken to each moment means the willingness to let yourself be happy, to do your best and to have fun along the way. Sometimes I resist that, but far less than I used to. When I do resist, I just try again (really, I do). I love the process of being alive. While it was really fun to master a high five in puppy class, we laughed the most watching ourselves, Bixby and the other puppy families learning how to do it. Because that’s where life is happening- one day at a time, when we are blessed to wake up and try again.
Love your life,