Everyone Has One in Their Lifetime: an Elusive Houdini #GoneGoneGone

I am dog watching for a friend again for a week, and I have renamed this willful dog Houdini. At first, I thought he was jumping the fence which was only four feet tall. I added a foot to the top. Still got out. Then I realized he was pushing the fence enough to escape from the bottom. It’s just one of those temporary garden fences to keep my dog in the yard who would never think to escape. But monkey see, monkey do.

After lining the bottom of fence with cinder blocks, I thought, there is no way he can get out now! Right? Wrong. Hence, the name Houdini.

The fence is now reinforced with a cinder block barrier on both sides of the fence. The things I must do, I tell ya!


This weekend episode got me to thinking about the people that come and go in our lives. Some arrive and depart gradually. Some rush in and move along just as fast. Some enter, teach us a lesson and leave when we least expect it. With no warning. Then there are those who we become close to, have many wonderful memories in our heads to reenact and things change. Just like that.

The point is that life is not constant. Life is ever changing and it is supposed to be that way.

So, how do we deal with the constant changes that occur in our lives that are not welcome? How can we brace ourselves for changes that may not be what we envisioned for our lives? What do we have to do to change our thought patterns to press forward at the times that we must, despite our unwillingness?

Ah, that is such a personal action, isn’t it?

You can find thousands of books or blogs or websites that offer advice on coping with change. It is up to you to make your own decision.

Do what you must, but make the action a positive choice. I wake up happy every day. I find that silver lining and tell God a big hearty Thank You. I may not like something that happened to me, but in retrospect, I look at my actions as well as the actions of others.

When I was 24 years old, my neighbor told me, “You never stop learning”.

Sometimes the lesson learned really hurts, and yet my heart always heals.

#lifelesson #listentoyourheart #nomoredrama

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