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My Nemesis: The Smoke Alarm

Duff here. A while ago, Mom and I were having a peaceful morning. The Sun was shining. Birds were singing. A gentle Breeze was wafting in the trees. When suddenly: the Smoke Alarm erupted with that Abysmal Sound. You know: the Dratted Chirp, Chirp. And those high Pitched Tones? Hurt My delicate ears. Not unstuck at all.

I slid off the Sofa and Sidled over To Mom, asking Her to make It stop. Please. (She’s good at doing That.) The dilemma? Mom was on her way out the door to Walk with a Friend. What to do? She thought for a Moment, Then gathered Me up. Down the Stairs We went, proceeding over to the Car. She Popped me inside, then Closed the door. At first, I barked once. Then Twice. But quickly realized the problem was Gone. (And Yes, she fixed it before I came back Into Our abode.) Living unstuck.

How about You? Have You had a problem Intrude on Your peaceful Day? Then had It easily resolved? I say: Cultivate solving problems in Multiple Ways. You never know when One will work. Or not. But with a Variety to choose from? Freedom! At least, that’s been my experience. Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#smoke-alarms

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the silent voice at the end of the day that says, “I will try again tomorrow.”

—Mary Anne Radmacher

Those Scary Dark Roads

Duff photoHello! Duff here. It’s That Time of Year. When Whoever is in Charge decides to Slow Down the Sun and Delay the Break of Dawn. This makes the Outside Areas Dark. That’s right. Pitch Black. Now, Mom and I have a particular Route We take every Morning. Some might call this Circuit a Rut, but I refer to It as a Routine. I’m okay in the beginning of Our Jaunt. I move right along, for My Bladder is full and I am Ready and Willing to Relieve Myself. And as You already know, I need to check out My territory, for Night Time Intruders do roam about. I live unstuck.

Recently, however, I have come to a Certain Point in this Customary Activity. And Stop in My Tracks. It is then that I peer down the Road, looking into the Darkness. My ears are perked, for I need to discern Any and All Sounds of Importance. My Nose Wiggles, for Problems can often be Scented Out. (Mom is of No Help here. She is oblivious and stands patiently, waiting for Me to protect the Both of Us.) It is then I become acutely aware that I am a Very Small Dog. So as of a few Days Ago, I have decided to Turn Around and head for Home. Sometimes, I need To Retreat to process The Input I’m receiving to make The Appropriate Decision. I’m living unstuck.

How about You? Do You conjure negative Fantasies when You take a Look into Your Future? Do You wait for a Better Opportunity? Or do You turn around and Develop a New Strategy for Future Success? I recommend: Either Way is Acceptable, depending on Your Needs and Goals. My Goals in this Story were met long Before I Ventured to that Edge of Darkness. In Your case, You can Forge ahead. Or Come back when there’s More Light on Your Options. Either way is good, as long as You don’t get stuck in the Blackness of Indecision. Make some light. Live unstuck. #unstuckliving#light-and-darkness

Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.”

—Kate Di Camillo, The Tale of Despereaux

Lion Dog

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.

—Elizabeth Kenny

Duff photoDuff here. At times, my Mom says I become a Lion Dog. I move through the Brush, on the prowl for Whatever Suits my Fancy. At times, It is a brightly colored Wrapper. Or perhaps, I stop in the shade to enjoy the Weather, for it does get Warm when I’m in the Exploration Mode. And other times, it may be a particular Scent of an Animal Gone By. I live unstuck.

What amuses my Mom is that When I go on the Hunt, I disappear from view. That is, all but my White Fluffy Tail. The Brush is so tall this time of year and I am So Small, I become Invisible. But I’m still Mighty, for I am a Lion Dog, intent on my Comings and Goings. While I have never even seen a Sheep as mentioned above, it doesn’t sound like an Optimal Position to be in. I am Content to be What I am.

How about you? Are you a Freethinking Lion? Do you create your own Path, making Discoveries and expanding your Horizons? Or are you a Sheep, being Okay to Follow the herd? I say: A little of both is Best. I, for one, find being a Lion all the Time to be Somewhat exhausting. Say if someone invites me to a Party, I can play games and be a Sheep. Or when it’s Dinner Time, I can move up to the Trough, being that Farm Animal with the best of Them. I find it Nice to have Variety, don’t you? Give it a Shot. Live unstuck. #unstuckliving#bravery

Courage is Your Ally

Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.

—Sir Winston Churchill

Duff photoDuff again. What a thought provoking statement. I was considering that very issue the other day. The wind was powerful when I went for my Walk. Some folks even said gusts were up to 45 miles an hour. And you could prove it by me. On the way out, the blasts were against mom and me. But I hunkered down and kept on moving, for I am not one to give up on a challenge. Looking straight ahead, I put one paw in front of the other. (Mom is looking into lead booties for me. This would at least help keep me on the ground, for some of those strong breezes boosted me to the skies. Most disconcerting to my Dignity). But I went ahead and lived unstuck.

Now on the return trip, those breezes moved me right along. I skipped and hopped. I had such fun! But I felt I accomplished much more when I had some resistance. Quite Proud of myself I was. The feeling reminded me of other times where I decided to do something. And I did it. Like the first time I jumped into the car. I was so pleased. I wagged my tail and even did my Infamous Doggy Smile. I lived unstuck.

Do you feel Virtuous after, against all odds, you achieve a Goal? Does a challenge excite you? Or wear you down? I suggest: Stretch your mental muscles. Courage is your ally. Know in your heart you can move through a difficult situation and come out on top. You’ll feel better for it. I do. Live unstuck. #unstuckliving#courage

Take Courage in Hand

Promise me you’ll always Remember: You’re Braver than you Believe, and Stronger than you Seem, and Smarter than you Think.”

—Christopher Robin to Pooh in Winnie The Pooh

Duff photoDuff again. I was pondering this maxim the other day on my Early Morning Walk with mom. It was still a little dark as we moved down the road to my Favorite Spot. As we headed that direction, I stopped and stared. A block ahead of me, in plain sight, was the Biggest Dumpster on the side of the road I had ever encountered. I mean, it was huge. Mom tried to coax me in that direction, but I was having none of it. Fine for her to go ahead, but I was protecting her (and Me).

After a few minutes, when I realized this behemoth was not moving, we ventured forward. I have to admit: I kind of crept, but we proceeded with the walk. When we arrived at the Large Trash Bin, I checked it out thoroughly. I sniffed and investigated with the best of ‘em. Mom read the sign on its side: Wagon Wheel Roll Off and told me it was all right. I relaxed my vigil. But made sure to mark my territory. I am Brave, Strong and Smart. But I am a Dog. I live unstuck,

I’m curious: do you take courage in hand and face a Big Challenge when needed? Do you gather up energy and confront the Unknown when striking out in a New Direction? I say: Go ahead and do it. Your life is a Grand Adventure. Each morning, you have a new day. A new sunrise that’s never been seen. A new flower on your walk never viewed. It’s yours to revel in and experience. Live unstuck. I do. #UnstuckLiving