Boo Boo is our little mixed breed dog. Yes, she is overweight at 14 pounds (our fault for over indulging her) but nevertheless a real love. I was talking to her this morning and petting her.
I wanted to tell her that in just a few short days the movers will come to load up many of our things for Arkansas. What we didnâ€™t want to take of the furniture would go to charity. You see Boo Boo is very possessive of her things. It is her couch, her eating chair, her special pillow etc. I admit she is terribly spoiled. We treat her like our own little girl. Of course I wanted her to know that there would be a new couch for her to lounge on, even though things were changing, she would have everything she needed.
So while I am trying to explain all this to her, I suddenly realized that dogs have absolutely no concept of â€œfutureâ€. They live totally in the moment: â€œI have food, I have water or I donâ€™t. Or I need to go out.â€ So how could I tell her that tomorrow she will have a big grass yard to bury her bones? How could I explain that the lower altitude in Rogers Arkansas would feel better on her hurt foot?
The very best I could do was to keep her close to me and warm. I would be careful not to let any of her special sleeping blankets or pillows get away. I would keep as much of the familiar things close at hand as I could and hope that would be enough. Her comfort is important to me and my partner Jacob.
With all of this I began to think how much better we people might be if we were able to enjoy each one of the â€œnowâ€ moments. If we could be aware of what wonderful things and people we have in our lives in this minute, wouldnâ€™t we be happier? But no, instead of enjoying what we have, when we have it, we are always wandering off with our thoughts into future possibilities where life would be better.
You can be sure that I do as much future planning as anyone. To progress with relationships, work, or play, we need our visions. The immutable laws of attraction and positive energy projection are wonderfully powerful tools. At the same time, it seems more joyous overall to allow also moments through the day to remain conscious of each breath of the beautiful and flowing â€œnowâ€.
It is for our own healthy living to remind ourselves that this moment in time is important. Every minute of every day is a gift and an opportunity. You are blessed with this earth experience. Live, love and feel with strength and intention.
Rev. Lois Cheney