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Encouragement: Buying Stuff From Kids

Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yards.

—H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Duff here. Mom is big on Buying stuff from Kids, especially During those Hot Summer Months. As We tool down the road, She will spot a couple of Children, sitting at a table with any Sort of Item on it. Once it was Toys they had Outgrown. These Youngsters wanted to share what They had with others. (I, Myself, don’t tend to Share a Toy with Another Canine. Nope. A human, perhaps, for That may end in a Pat on the head.) Mom carefully Slowed Down and Stopped. Greeting the kids, She gave then some green Paper Stuff and Completed the Transaction. The playthings were then Donated, so They could find Other Owners. Living unstuck.

Another time, We came across some Little People selling cups of Lemonade. It was hot. They were out By the Street. There was no Shade. Looking at them, I could tell They weren’t having any fun. This time, Mom took Me with Her to make their acquaintance. I Played with them, romping about in My imitable Doggy style. Mom then purchased A Large Cup of Lemonade. The kids were ecstatic! Even more so when She overpaid Them. (She probably didn’t have any Change on Her.) Now that’s living unstuck.

How about You? Do You slow down and Stop for Kids selling things? Doesn’t matter what that Thing is, Your gesture is Priceless. I say: You can’t afford Not to. Helps lift Their spirits and Bring happiness to The Day for All Concerned. Live unstuck. #unstuckliving#encouragement

Unexpected Delightful Moments

Sometimes the best moments are the ones you didn’t plan at all,

—The Psychmind.com

Duff photoDuff again. I don’t know about you, but I have had many Good Moments in my life. And the unplanned ones are often the Best. The other day, I thought mom and I were gearing up for work. She was moving around, putting items into The Big Bag she carries to the office. Such interesting gear goes in there! Her thermos filled with tea. Her brown bag lunch. And a Snack for Me. Along with papers and such. I thought for sure we would head out the door any minute.

But it was a false alarm. Mom turned to her Computer and began to write (about Me and My Adventures). What an unexpected, delightful occasion. I relaxed and enjoyed this Best Moment, for I had fully intended to romp down the stairs with her and head toward the day’s undertaking. But to have a little time to Stretch out on the Sofa in the Sun? Now that’s a Best Moment indeed. I lived unstuck.

Have you made plans, only to have them change at the Last Moment? Do you enjoy the New Adventure? Or do you fuss over Lost Bones, so to speak? I say: Enjoy every minute. Life quickly speeds by. If you don’t catch its tailwind, you’ll miss out. And I don’t want that. Nor do you. Live unstuck. #unstuckliving#unexpecteddelightfulmoments

Smile! You’re on Camera

Duff here. As my mom and I go on our walks, we often see signs along the way. Some are merely directional, as Left Turn and Stop. And others are for businesses. I particularly favor the restaurant, What’s Cooking, because delectable and enticing scents drift out for my sniffing pleasure. Talk about unstuck living!

One sign in particular grabbed our attention. It read: Smile! You’re On Camera. I smiled and wiggled. Even cavorted about for good measure. And as I watched, my mom smiled, too. I personally think an upward tilt of the mouth is contagious. We lived unstuck.

But I was puzzled by the “Camera” part. I show off for cameras. Not as much as when I was a Puppy. But I do pose and am my Adorable Self in all my glory. Why would someone not smile if they were on camera? I’ve heard of saying, “Cheese” to get in the mood but that never really made any sense to me either.

Mom explained the sign was a warning for a Security Camera. That it was for folks who like to take Things from others without permission. Things like precious treasures and such. (I suspect it would be similar to someone stealing my Bone. Now that would be a real heartache.) To have a picture taken when pilfering another’s goods would be very embarrassing. I don’t think people like that require being reminded to smile. Instead, they need to mend their ways and be good citizens. To live unstuck.

I ask: Do you smile only for the camera? Or do you smile often? Or not at all? I have found: if you smile a lot, you will feel happy and carefree. You can’t help it. You just do. Or at least that’s what I have determined. I’ll smile along with you, and together we’ll live unstuck. #unstuckliving #happiness #smiles

A smile is happiness you find right under your nose.

—Tom Wilson

Joyful Greetings

When somebody walks through the door, even if it’s five times a day, you should go totally insane with joy.

—Super Soul Sunday

Duff again. The other day, I was considering the way I greet people. If I am at the office, my mom tries to have me on her lap. The reason? I am well trained in many areas but not in the meeting-and-greeting bit at the door. I have been known to launch myself toward the hapless client and bark loudly. Well, loudly for a Very Small Dog. Or swarm the person, wrapping my paws around a leg. So mom controls that activity and clamps a tight hold on me until the person comes through the door.

I then meet and greet. My luxurious tail wags furiously. I do figure 8’s, going back and forth until I am recognized. I have been known to sit and watch adoringly. (Get’s ‘em every time). The person stops and pats my head and we’re good to go.

One Very Nice Lady even brings treats for me when we go to knitting. She says hello, then slips my treat through the wire mesh of my carrier. And I am appreciative. Now, I don’t get to return the greeting for I’m in my portable cage. But I do let her know how grateful I am. I also understand I need to be quiet when I’m there, or I will be disinvited. That would be very sad.

In this age of social media, I recommend exuberantly and joyfully greeting someone as they walk through the door. Look at them. Pay attention to them. Show with your face (even your whole body) that you’re beyond glad to see them. It puts a smile on their face. A lightness to their step. And take it from me, it makes your heart feel happy too. Live unstuck. #UnstuckLiving

That Little Spot of Sunshine

Duff again. I love sunshine, even the little traces. Doesn’t matter if they’re on the floor. Or on the sofa. Or a chair. I will search them out, first lying on the floor in dappled light. Then, I may get overheated. (After all, I have my luxurious coat). So I move over to the shade for a bit. Or even do a half-and-half, half shade half sun. My picture shows me happily soaking up rays. Since I am a Very Small Dog, it doesn’t take a large spot of sunshine to warm me and raise my spirits. I am easy to please.

Are you reveling in sunshine? Duff Wisdom says: Bask in it every chance you get, if only for a few moments. The light will provide much needed Vitamin D. And also make you happy inside. I highly recommend it. Live unstuck. #UnstuckLiving

When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day.

—Found on Pinterest

Duff’s Thought for the Day: On Being a Rainbow

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

—Maya Angelou

Duff here. Dogs (well, and some cats who are dog-like) know instinctively how to be a bright and shining spot in another’s life. I touch people’s hearts by being who I am. When someone comes to the door, I bark to let my mom know we have a visitor. Then appropriately greet them as they enter. I wag my tail, sniff their pant legs to see if they’re dog friendly, then scamper back and forth to warmly welcome them. I am all business: folks know I am glad to see them. I’m living unstuck.

How do you make others feel welcome? Duff Wisdom: smile and be happy. Reach out and hug them. Or fist bump in this flu season. (Paw bump, in my case). I do go all out, but you have an advantage. Others can see your smile. They notice how your eyes light up. They can hear your tone of voice. Use what you have to full advantage. I do! Live unstuck. #UnstuckLiving

Bows and Frou-Frou

Duff again. Once a month, I am groomed. I am shampooed, my hair is cut and my nails clipped. I literally lose pounds (visually, of course!) when my fur is trimmed. And when Ashley finishes with me, I am one handsome dude. I prance around and show off to anyone and everyone at Classic Canine. But it doesn’t end there. Anyone I encounter is free game.

My mom and Ashley love to put bows and frou-frou on my collar. (This picture shows my Christmas ensemble from a resting position). And the one I got the most compliments on was my black and white tuxedo bow for New Year’s. I looked dapper, if I do say so myself. Now some folks tell me, “A male dog shouldn’t have bows.” And that may be. But I like to make people smile. That’s just what happens when they look at me.

What do you do to make others smile? Smile first? Have a twinkle in your eye? Be kind? Listen carefully? Enjoy life, with or without bows and frou-frou. Live unstuck #UnstuckLiving

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

—Jim Rohn