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Be Authentic

You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.

—Sophia Bush

Duff here. Isn’t this a Most Wonderful Concept? You can be Yourself at anytime You choose. A magnificent Being in Your own right. Your laughter? Unique to You. Your fingerprint? All Yours. The way You decorate Your Home. Your choice of Vehicle. Your Passions and interests. They are Special to You. That’s living unstuck.

Some People are challenged in This Regard. Thinking They need to be Perfect all the time, the Tiniest Things stress Them out. Am I overweight? Are My clothes stylish? Am I old and frumpy? Is this All there is? Am I likeable? Loveable? These Thoughts are not unstuck at all. And they can be Altered as We grow and Evolve.

Being a Canine, I never had this Issue. I accepted Myself just as I am. I innately knew I was Loveable. Even Likeable. As a puppy, some of my Behaviors were less than Stellar. But My Mom taught Me manners and now I am congruent, walking My walk and talking My talk. Living unstuck.

How about You? Are You already a masterpiece? Or a Work in progress? Or a little of Both? I say: Go for the Dual Path. Such a relief to Be Yourself, no matter What. Matter of fact, I have found this Path to be absolutely Delightful. You will too. Living unstuck. #unstuck-living#be-authentic

Knee Deep in Snow

If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.

—Steve Jobs

Duff here. Playing in the Snow is a fun Occupation for Me. It pulls me. As you remember, I romp and Play. Skip and Jump. Frolic about. And sometimes, I include Mom in this Activity. Today I noticed the Snow had receded enough I could get a clear view Of My Surroundings. It was Heavenly Layer, for I have been confined to a View of the Road because of The Berm left by Plows. The surface was strong enough for Me to walk on, and I had a Marvelous time. But not durable enough to support Mom. I was living unstuck. Mom? Not so much.

The latest in This Adventure came when we were out for My last Constitutional of the Day. Enjoying the warmer Air. The gentle Breezes. After a considerable time, I decided the perfect Spot was about 20 feet into the Forest. I merrily went on My Way, with Mom following. I trotted along on the Crust of the Snow. But Mom was breaking through the Top, trudging through a foot or two of the White Stuff. Crunch. Lift one foot. Crunch. Lift the other foot. As I looked back, I noticed a lot of Activity and a Not-So-Happy Mom. I was The Encourager, running around Her in Circles. Once the job was complete? Off We went. Living unstuck.

How about You? Have You been in a Situation You found compelling? But Those around You did not? I say: Enjoy the Journey, for It may not happen Again. I know for a fact Mom will keep Me on a Close Leash, rather than letting Me choose My Path. But You know Me. I still follow My Passions and go where Life leads Me . . . Living unstuck. #unstuck-living#snow

Wish for the New Year

As for the new year being happy, let it be swathed in mystery. That’s my wish for the new year.

—Issa

Duff here. The New Year, 2020, has arrived. And it’s time For New Adventures and Excitement. Of course, there are some Tried and True Traditions We will keep. The Dropping of the Crystal Ball on New Year ’s Eve. Birthdays and other Celebrations. Mom would be bereft without College Football and the NFL Super Bowl, for This is Her Time of year. The stories of how Teams play together have Always intrigued Her. Once I got used to the Idea She wasn’t yelling at Me, but calling plays shown on TV We lived unstuck.

Approaching My Life with Curiosity opens so many Doors to Unexpected undertakings. Buddies to play with. Paths to explore. I’ll be able to refine My Skills. Greeting people in different Ways. Exotic foods to taste. Or sniff at and Pass. Whatever happens, it’s a time to Explore and Discover. Truly living unstuck.

How about You? What’s behind Door #2 this Year? Or are You content with the Way Things have always been? I say: Focus on the Mystery of the Future. Be curious. Watch and See what happens. I guarantee You’ll be amazed at What unfolds. Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#wish-for-the-new-year

Santa Did It Again

His [Santa’s] eyes, how they twinkled!
His dimples, how merry!
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He had a broad face and a round little belly,
that shook when he laughed
like a bowl full of jelly.

—W. Clement Stone, T’was the Night Before Christmas

Duff here. Christmas was amazing for Me. First, the Lights came on. Those twinkly, sparkly Christmas Lights are fun to play With. It was a peaceful Time. Just Mom and Me. But Santa Came! I got new Toys. And deluxe Bedding. And Mom played with Me. Always a fun time. We live unstuck.

I was so hoping to Wait Up for the Big Guy. You know, to see how He would get into  Our Home. We don’t have a Chimney. No Doggy door. And the windows are closed up Tight. So this was a Puzzle to Me. But I decided he was both Clever and Creative, for I know He was the one Who brought My gifts. I’m absolutely convinced. But alas, I fell asleep early. And rather than Sugar Plums, I dreamt of finally catching The Elusive Squirrel. Living unstuck.

How was Your Christmas? Was Santa good to You? Or did You get a sock of Coal? I say: Revel in whatever you Received. Enjoy the sentiment. Perhaps You were fortunate, like Me. Santa left part of a pork Chop. All Mine. That’s living unstuck. #unstuck-living#post-Christmas-reminiscing

Christmas in June

Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold; everything is softer and more beautiful.

—Norman Vincent Peale

Duff here. Mom told Me the Story of Christmas in June. Can You imagine such a thing? She and My Doggy Daddy were living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho then. I understand people know all about Deep Snow in those parts. The first winter Mom spent there the Drifts on the side of the Road were over seven feet tall. How cold? The Fellow delivering beverages to a local Store skated across the Parking lot on His Boots. Living unstuck. But I digress.

Rather than slog through Snow in December, it was Time for Christmas in June. Mom cleaned the house while Dad began to prepare The Delicious Feast. (He cooked scrumptious food. He even gave Me tidbits . . . if I stayed outside The Kitchen.) Then Mom pulled out the Christmas decorations. And began to Laugh. What looked so Mysterious and Delightful in December looked Tacky and Dusty in June. Nothing soft and beautiful at all. She washed some Items off but finally just gave up and began to spruce up the House. Interestingly enough, No One noticed the Décor at all. Intent on having a Good Time, Guests lived unstuck. That’s the way I like it.

How about You? Are You having a Good Time this Christmas? Or are You a Hum Bug? I say: Look at the World with Soft Eyes. Hum along with The carols. Revel in the sparkly décor. Celebrate with Joy. Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#Christmas

Happy Hanukkah

A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another. And see how its own light increases, as a candle gives its own flame to the other. You are such a light.

—Moshe David

Duff here. Mom and I have many Good Friends who are Jewish. We have often celebrated their Holiday and Now want to honor Them. As the Story goes, a small Quantity of oil was all that was available to light The Temple’s Menorah. Amazingly, there was Enough Oil in that Tiny vessel to continue burning for eight Days. A True Miracle! To observe the Event in today’s Times, Gifts are exchanged and parties Thrown for a Week plus a Day. My goodness. That’s really Living Unstuck.

And Games are such fun at These Parties. One involves a Dreidel, a Top with four sides. Depending on which Side is Facing Up at the End of The Spin, Players win, lose or forfeit a turn. You already know Mom has Fumble Fingers, as You have observed at times from her Typing Skills for Me. She practiced and Practiced “The Spin” as I cheered Her on. But She couldn’t get the hang of it. Definitely not living unstuck. But She laughed when Playing and had a great Time Anyway. Took Her good times with Her, She did.  

Do You have Friends who are Jewish? I say: Help Them revere the Occasion and wish Them A happy Hanukkah or Hanukkah Sameakh. They will appreciate Your Thoughtfulness and may even Share the History of that Time with You. My Friends did with Mom and Me, and We have long Cherished it. Happy Hanukkah!  #unstuckliving#happyhanukkah

Glow of Happiness

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things—not the great occasions—give off the greatest glow of happiness.

—Bing Crosby

Duff here. I am a Canine and love The Simple Things. Bones to chew On. Other Puppies to play With. A new Toy? I’m delighted. Snackerels? I’m yours forever. A Snuggle or Tummy Rub? That’s the best. All part of living unstuck.

Mom shared a Story of a Christmas when She was Younger. And the Little Things that brought the Most Happiness. Her Folks invited three or Four other Families over to the house for Christmas Eve. The Kids hung out while the parents did Grown Up Things, like talking and Visiting.

But after a Time, five or Six card Tables were set up, end to End. It was Time to play the Infamous card game, Old Maid. Everyone, from little 5-year-old Kevin to 87-year-old Grandma Cullen and her Sister, Auntie Florrie, took part in the Festivities. The most fun was when Kevin got the Old Maid. He tried to be So Sneaky but gave Himself away. His Whole face lit up. Simple things and Living unstuck.

How about You? Do you have Memories of simple Things from Christmas past which make Your Heart happy? Or are You a Grinch? I say: Time to make Some New Happy Times and cherish those Good Remembrances from Days gone by. You won’t regret polishing the Glow of Happiness. Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#simple-things-glow-of-happiness