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Make Me Feel Important

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, “Make me feel important.” . . . You will succeed in life.

—Mary Kay Ash

Duff here. I was wondering the other day: What would the World be like if We all treated each other as The Most Important. Can You imagine? And there are so many ways to do That. Truly Listening to what They have to say. Looking at Them as they speak. Being interested in Their Inner Being, Their Heart’s desires. Resonating with the Core of that Other Person and being Receptive to where They are at that Moment? Priceless. Living unstuck.

As a Canine, I make People feel important every day. Since I can’t read (Dogs don’t, You know), I have a Secret Weapon. I have a Sensitivity that surpasses any written Messages. I know when Folks are happy. Or when They’re sad. When they are upset or when They are triumphant. I have a built-in Inner Perception and am aware when I need to be Close. Or give People some Space. That’s living unstuck.

How about You? Do You make people Feel important? Or just pass Them by? I say: Tune-up that Built-In Perception. Take a Moment and revel in Them. Both of You will glow and Shine. Success will be Yours. Living unstuck. #unstuck-living#make-me-feel-important

Learn and Grow

It’s okay to find problems in things that we like. That’s how we grow.

—Ali La Benz

Duff here. I like My Life to be smooth sailing. No worries. No fuss. Unstuck. But I have discovered That’s not always Possible. Let’s take Grooming, for instance. (Actually, Mom calls what happens cutting My hairs.) I am delighted to see Ashley, My groomer, and We begin with a mini lovefest. She coos at Me, talking gently as She picks Me up to place Me in My Special Spot. Next? I like My Warm Bath. (I’ll bet You do, too.) That is living unstuck.

The Problem arises when Ashley begins to clip the Fur on My face. I screw up My Nose and look like a Little Old Man. I back Up. I shake My Head. I do everything in My Power to let Her know: All is not well. But She is kindly persistent and finishes My Cut. I am then released to be the Handsome Groomed Dude I am. What happened? I grew into a new Perspective. After getting over That Problematic Hurdle, I’m living unstuck.

How about You? Do You find problems in the things You like? When camping, is it too Cold? Or when You are served a Favorite dish, perhaps not the way Your Taste Buds remembered? I say: Stretch a Bit. Learn and grow. It builds confidence. And Your Future Self will thank You. #unstuck-living#learn-and-grow

Uncomfortable Situations

I’m not going. And you can’t make me.

—The Duff

Duff here. Toward the end of September, it’s time for the Parade of Cars and Fall Festival. These beautiful Vehicles travel from Show Low to Pinetop, showing off their unique Shapes and Colors from Yesteryear. Drivers sound their Horns and everyone has a Good Time. (Mom’s pictures show Some Of Them Celebrating and living unstuck.)

But the Sounds and the Noises of the Hoopla are frightening to This Little Dog. She and I started down toward the Road to watch when I planted all four Paws. And skidded just a Little until Mom got the Message that One of the Two of Us was not going in That Direction. I took advantage of the slack in My leash to turn around and head uphill, Pulling Her along for all I was Worth. (I touched Her heart, for until then, She didn’t know I was Scared.) Chair and iced tea in hand, She followed Me. On reaching the Car, She unlocked it and popped Me inside. I barked three Times, then realized: The Jeep was Warm. No Noise. A Nap was definitely in Order. I curled up and went to Sleep, secure in the Comfort of My Little bed. Letting others do Their celebrating. Living unstuck.

How about You? Have You been in an uncomfortable Situation? And let a Friend know, so They could bail You out? I say: Speak Your Piece. You don’t have a Leash like Mine, so You’ll have to Let Your Buddy know Your feelings. I promise, it will work out Well. That’s living unstuck. #unstuck-living#uncomfortable-situations

Remember to Turn on the Light

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

—Dumbledore, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

Duff here. Both Mom and I are fond of the Harry Potter Stories. Many Thrilling adventures with Friends and Allies against such formidable Opponents. Those young Folks sure took Courage in Hand when it came to Working things Out. And then there was Hagrid, the Huge Man with a Big heart who saved The Day! I was never sure of His Pet Dinosaurs though, for they certainly looked scary to Me. Even on TV. I buried My Head in my Bedding, for I am a Very Small Dog. Living unstuck.

This one thought, “remember to turn on the light,” stuck with Me. I am happiest when My Inner Light is on. My Heart opens wide, My smile gets larger and I am a Happy camper. I share this delight, even in the Toughest of Times. It takes a lot to get me Down, for I’m built to be a Playful and Carefree Duffer Dog. Living unstuck.

How about You? Are you able to find Cheer in dark Times? Or do You wallow in Them? I say: Turn on Your Inner Light. You will bounce through Life. Your Twinkle of Joy will be infectious. And Others can remember to live Unstuck too. #unstuck-living#happiness

Stubborn You

You need a stubborn belief in an idea in order to see it realized.

—James Dyson

Duff here. Mom and I have a Difference of Opinion at times when it Comes to Stopping during a Walk. I am lower to the ground than She is, well equipped with a Magnificent Nose that can pick up Scents far away. Or even close up. As We meander on Our Morning walks, I dawdle just a bit to Check out Who has been there before Me. Or what fragrance Might Be lingering. One Neighbor cooks bacon that time of Day, so We both savor the aroma. That’s living unstuck.

But there are times when I want to Stay Longer, to Investigate more Thoroughly. Mom is patient, for She read Canines need time to do Just This. But I’ll admit, there are Times when I get lost In Contemplation. I dally and Sniff, going ever deeper into the Smell. Mom eventually pulls on My Leash. But I get stubborn. I’m not Done. And I dig in all Four Paws to Show her I will not be hurried. Now I am fully aware: if I take far Too long, She will gather Me up and off We go. Sigh. The Scent will have to wait for Another Day. Living unstuck.

How about You? Do You get lost in A Project? And get Interrupted in Your perusal? I say: If it’s important enough to You, Dig in Your heels. Continue what You’re doing until completion. Oh, and to be polite, You might inform the Other person You’ll be available a little later. Helps preserve family Unity. Living unstuck. #unstuck-living#stubborn-you

Paving Another Way

If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.

—Dolly Parton

Duff here. I played a fast One on Mom today. We were on the Move to meet a Good Friend at a local Eatery. During Summer when the Weather is Warm, Mom has a Choice. She lets Me do My Number. If it’s Cool enough, Off I go with Her. But if She deems it Too Hot for Me to stay in the Car, She gathers Me up and takes Me back inside where It’s temperature controlled. To Her, that’s living unstuck.

But I was having none of That today. I hopped downstairs and stood in My Appointed Area for My Business. Walked around. Sniffed a bit. And kept checking over My shoulder to see if Mom had opened the Car Door yet. She kept waiting on Me until it was almost Too Late to be on Time for the Get Together. She decided The Temperature was Acceptable and Opened the Door. Into the Car I went. I waited her out. Squeeze play! Now, that’s living unstuck.

How about You? Have You had a Negative situation that, to Your Dismay, happens Time and Time again? And You’re ready for Different?? I say: Use this as an Opportunity to figure Out another way. Employ Your Creativity. Apply some Determination. And change what’s Happening. Works every time. Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#

Focus On Your Dream

When your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.

—Jiminy Cricket in the movie, Pinocchio

Duff here. Have You given up on Your Dreams? I hope not! For I have Many. One is to Live a long Life. And Mom is doing everything in Her Power to make that happen. (Sometimes, this “Support” results in an upset Stomach. Or Whatever. Yech!) Another is to Play non-stop at Doggy Day Camp. I live for That! Yet another is to feast and Feast until My tummy is full. Living unstuck.

But my Heart is really into finally catching that Elusive Squirrel. I put all My Energy into the chase. We frolic and romp as He does His superb dodge and Weave, finally scooting up a Tree. But before that final Climb, I give it All I’ve Got to catch up to Him. (But I’m unsure what the Next Step would be. Never gotten to that Point, so I’m stymied. Perhaps leave Him be for the Next Chase?) Living unstuck.

How about You? Do You have a Dream? But are unsure of Your ability to achieve The Outcome? I say: Put Your Heart into Your Journey. Focus on it with all Your Might. You’ll be pleased with the Results, I guarantee. Living unstuck. #unstuck-living#focus-on-your-dream