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All Your Eggs in One Basket

Easter is the only time when it’s perfectly safe to put all your eggs in one basket.

—Evan Esar

Duff here. Easter is a special time. A Holy Time of the year. And I revere All it means. Mom has told Me: Chocolate bunnies and eggs have filled the stores. She even saw a Little Mermaid Easter basket. And a Bat Man basket. (Please know, I’m Robin.) What a precious way for Little Ones to celebrate this Sacred Day. Living unstuck.

Each Child has their Own personality. That’s true. Mom heard a story of One Girl who gathered up Her Eggs during the Hunt. Then after The Search for Eggs was Over, proceeded to toss them over Her Shoulder, One by One. She was carefree, Almost as if She was sowing a Field for Spring. Her Cousin was following right Behind Her, checking out the Area for Any Intruders. She quickly harvested The Discards, carefully placing Them in her Basket. Now, that’s living unstuck.

How do You celebrate Easter? Join Family and Friends? Worship on Your own? Do a bit of Both? I say: Celebrate in the Way that’s Best for You. And if You want to put All Your Eggs in one basket (or even Share them), Do it. Experience the Joy. Happy Easter. Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#Easter

Tax Time

It’s income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out the tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta (large artery in the heart).

—Dave Berry

Duff here. Tax time is here. To Me, Mom has a Curious way of running Her Life. Right around Christmas, She sets up the card Table in the Living Room, finds the adding machine and begins to Figure out Taxes for the prior Year. While this activity is Going On, She keeps an Eye on the College Football Bowl games. Yes, this is the culmination of the Year where She sporadically yells at the Television. She even explains the Poor (or Good) Plays made, to which I pay rapt Attention. I don’t understand a Word She says, but Am grateful those Loud Noises are not directed at Me. That’s Living unstuck.

If You are slogging away in the Trenches, I’m here for You. In Your darkest (and latest) Hours, I will cheer You on. We both know It will all work out in the Long run. My Money’s on you. I encourage you to Live Unstuck.

Where are You on the Spectrum? Sweating it out in The Last Hours? Bemoaning the Shekels going out? Or somewhere in between? I say: Make the Most of What You have. And be like Us: We’re already planning for Next Year. And The Best part of being Me? Dogs aren’t taxed, for Our job is to leave Paw Prints on Your heart. (And that’s a Fact.) Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#tax-time

Flexibility—Prepared for Anything

Expect the best. Anticipate the worst. Be prepared for anything.

—Paraphrased Wisdom of the Ages

Duff here. For Me, Life tends to follow an evolving Circle. Ever onward I go, learning and Doing. Lately, I have been on the hunt for more Munchies. High and Low, wherever I go. Some Friends leave Me Nibbles scattered about, which is most Appreciated. But I tend to get Round. Mom is staunch in keeping My Form in Tip Top shape. So Rations are portioned out. That’s living unstuck.

As I work to gather More Delicacies, I expect the Best, for I know I am Deserving of All Good Things. And I constantly live in Hope. Anticipating the worst? That’s hard for Me, for I am a Positive Pup. But I do So, knowing I can move through times I would consider to be Complete Starvation (Not really) and come out On the other Side. Lastly, I am prepared for Anything. Positive. Negative. And all in between. I live unstuck.

Are You the Same? Wake up expecting the Best? Know You can handle Challenges that Arise? Prepared for Anything? I say: Whatever You do, be sure to Pack Some Goodies for Energy along the Adventure. You never know What will come Up. I’m with You all the Way, just in case You happen to drop something Delicious. Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#flexibility

Touching Lives

A life is never ended until all the lives it has touched have ended too.

—Chinese proverb

Duff here. When I consider This Saying, My mind is Boggled. I Feel I have affected many People throughout My Lifetime. Some are children, with Their playful Ways and Happy Giggles. I like to Connect with them, for They understand the meaning of Frolicking. Others I greet Because I get Curious. It may be A Scent that pulls Me Their way. Or a Feeling I have. Or perhaps They have a Treat for Me. (Yum.) That’s unstuck.

Then, there are My Clients. I do have an Important Job as The Canine Executive Officer. And the responsibilities can be Serious at times. There are Those who need consoling. And I can easily Do That. Others may have forgotten how to Relax. I can Demo that with the Best of Them. And There are still others who Need the Comfort of a Warm Doggie Body to help move past Their Fears. That’s My specialty. Living unstuck.

Can you imagine All the Lives You have touched? Think Back over those Cherished Memories. The Folks in those Recollections were influenced By You in some Way. You were Important to them. I say: Pay kind attention to People as You travel through Life. You never Know what Long-lasting effects You will have. I know this to be True. Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#touching-lives

Overcoming Failure

Failure is an event. It is not who you are.

—Joel Osteen

Duff Here. I am known as the Encourager. Others might even call Me a Cheerleader. Those Who come to the Office at Unstuck Living feel They are deficient in some way. This might be due to a Small Detrimental Behavior: (I can’t get to work on time.) Or a Large One: (I told My boss off, and now I’m on Probation.) In any case, They are Still Okay inside Themselves. The Situation may take time to heal as They Regroup. But it will come Around, Especially with Me there to Help. That’s living unstuck.

Stuff happens. You may have created it. Or perhaps the Circumstance simply visited You. But You are not defined by this Occurrence. You are so Much More than what Happened. You are a Delight, a Wonder. You have your own Specific Talents and Skills. They are there for You to use. If You don’t, I will be there to Push You along. (That’s the Bichon Frise in Me, you know.) Living unstuck.

How about You? Does This feel like a Contrary Time to You? Want To Make Things better? I say: You can do It. And I will Help. I have not let You down yet. Not about to Begin now. We’ll move on This together. I’ve got Your Back. Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#overcoming-failure

Luck of the Irish

You’ve got to think lucky. If you fall into a mud hole, check your back pocket—you might have caught a fish.

—Irish proverb

Duff here. Happy St. Patty’s Day to You! I have heard: Even if You’re not of this Heritage, You too can be Irish on that Special day. I Myself will Be wearing the Green, for I have heard of getting Pinched if I neglect to do So. And I Don’t want that. You know: I am a Lucky Canine. I have Many Friends, some of whom I have not Yet Met. But that is Good Fortune in itself, for It provides a bright Promise for Tomorrow. That Special Pot of Gold. Living unstuck.

I am filled with Joy, which attracts Prosperity of all Sorts. How about a Chance meetup with an Acquaintance with an Offer of a Meal? (Yes, I know it’s always food with Me, isn’t it?) Or an Unexpected Walk through Territory unknown to Me. The Anticipation of many new Experiences? That’s Bounty at its Finest. Living unstuck.

How about You? Are You lucky? Do You create a Field of Positivity around You? I recommend: Do so and You will Prosper mightily. That Happens to Me All the Time. May the luck of the Irish be with You! Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#luck-of-the-Irish

Playing in the Snow

Snowmen fall from heaven . . . unassembled.


Duff here. Don’t know about You, but I’m still delighting in remnants of The Big Snow. I run. I play. I whirl in a Ditch. I got Away from Mom once. Notice it was Only Once. When She found Me, I was in a Snow Drift with only My tail sticking out. (Kind of like My Idol, Max from How The Grinch Stole Christmas.) Let’s hear it for My Fluffy Tail! Living unstuck.

Then, I saw a Snowman for the Very First Time. And stopped in My tracks. It was a Little Figure, about My size. He had a Red Cap with a carrot Nose, complete with a Scrap of Material for a muffler. My very own Snowman. I was so pleased. The rest of the Landscape was pure white, as You can see. Nothing but the White Stuff. I decided the Cold Bright Scene held the Making of another Snowman. I was ready! But since I only have Paws, I could not create Another. But I Did appreciate what Someone had made. Just for Me. And I want to Thank whoever did that. Now, that’s living unstuck.

How about You? Are You enjoying the Residue of That White Stuff? Are You assembling Snowmen? I say: Enjoy the process. Bring along Kids or Grandkids, because They have the Best Imaginations. (Almost as Good as Mine.) You might even make one Small enough for Me. Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#playing-in-the-snow