Early Summer 2012 -- Go Ahead and Take that Risk!

Dear Friends

In one of last spring's catalogs, I wrote about how challenging it can be to take risks -- even risks that your heart is begging you to take but your mind is resisting with its gamut of 'what ifs?' I talked about the shelter dog I couldn't get out of my mind. He'd been there for 9 months and was starting to go a little crazy from confinement. He was big, strong, and smart, was probably going to need significant medical care due to a spinal abnormality, and he was a Pit Bull. Well, I ended up adopting him.

As I write this, he is curled up at my feet. He's pretty much taken over the house, and if his Kong (a dog toy) goes under the couch, I return to find the room re-arranged: coffee table over there, couch pulled out from the wall, and ottoman in a different part of the room from where it started. And yes, he's going to need surgery, as they suspected at the shelter. Even though he's a handful, he's a reminder to me that just because there are challenges all along the way doesn't mean I shouldn't have taken the risk. We get so many messages saying that something's wrong if we meet up with obstacles; that if we're living right, we can do and have it all effortlessly. But things can be hard and worth the stretching like mad we have to do to make it all work. When Teddy looks at me now, and I remember his eyes from behind the bars at the shelter, I absolutely know the risk I took was worth it, even when he's not being particularly lovable.

The Wisdom Etched in Pewter Bar, which were offering (search for item #26141), eloquently says what I experienced before adopting Teddy:

listen to your heart
listen to your soul
listen to your body
then make up your mind

My wish for you this summer is that this 'listening' becomes more and more a part of your life.

Other Issues:
From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

From our archives -- The Art of Imperfection

From our archives -- Saddle Up

From our archives -- Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Early Summer 2014 -- Embracing our Dormant Times

From our archives -- Taking Time to Listen

Late Spring 2014 -- Seeing More Clearly

Spring 2014 -- Savor What Makes Your Heart Sing

Early Spring 2014 -- The Power of Quotes

From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

Holiday 2013 -- Taking the Time to Listen

Holiday 2013 -- Open our Hearts to the Good Around Us

Fall 2013 -- How to Cope in Tough Times

Late Summer 2013 - The Priceless Gift of Friendship

Midsummer 2013 -- My Luck is Pretty Good Luck

Early Summer 2013 -- Slow Down Enough to Smile

Late Spring 2013 -- Recognizing Gifts

Spring 2013 -- Doing the Best We Can

Early Spring 2013 -- Know Where You're Going

Holiday 2012 -- Our Power to Adapt

Fall 2012 -- Gratitude for What We Have

Early Fall 2012 -- See the Beauty in Front of Us

Late Summer 2012 -- Modify So It Works for You

Summer 2012 -- Finding Balance

Late Spring 2012 - Trusting Your Gut

Spring 2012 - Living Life to the Fullest

Early Spring 2012 - New Year, No Excuses

Winter 2011 - A Thoughtful Tip

Holiday 2011 - How Did I Get Here?

Fall 2011 - Giving Thanks for What We Already Have

Late Summer 2011 - Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Midsummer 2011 - Friends Through Thick and Thin

Early Summer 2011 - The Power of Nice

Late Spring 2011 - The Gifts of Spring

Spring 2011 - Worst Case Scenario

Early Spring 2011 - Break Away From the Herd

Winter 2010 - Lessons From Feral Kitty

Holiday 2010 - The Art of Imperfection

Fall 2010 - When the Student is Ready...

Late Summer 2010 - Saddle Up

Midsummer 2010 - Hurry Up and Wait

Early Summer 2010 - Don't Just Stand There. Do Something!

Late Spring 2010 - Gifts From My Mother

Spring 2010 - Taking That First Step

Early Spring 2010 - I Think it's Time

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