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A Happy Person

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

—Hugh Downs

Duff here. There are times it’s a Challenge to be a Very Small Dog. I take eight steps or more with Each Step of Mom’s. Of course, that counts for the fact I have Four legs. But I persevere, knowing We will both get to Our Goal. And return in fine Style. Now, Mom’s People are from Iowa farming heritage. Good steadfast Stock, which is kind of like Me. I have been pleasantly Surprised during this Unsteady pause. Mom is honing Skills She didn’t even know She had. Pivoting Plans for the Future. Able to turn on a dime. Being persistent. That’s living unstuck.

But first, She got a bit bogged down with the Topsy Turvy World We’re in right now. So She took a look at Her stinkin’ attitude. (Mine is always stellar.) Much as her Farmer Ancestors did over Winter, She sat back and Took Stock. What needed to be Done. What could wait. Then She grounded herself, and We were back in Business. She got her Attitude right, and She is Happy again. That made Me happy too, you know. Living unstuck.

How about You? Is this the Time to wallow a Bit? Then get Your Attitude right? It’s almost as if You’re on a Stay-Cation. What are You doing with the Days You have? I say: Make the most of Them. They will be Gone before You know it. And I’m here to Cheer You On! Living unstuck. #unstuck-living#

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

The Route to Happiness

The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds, and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.

—Florence Scovel Shinn

Duff here. Boomerangs are tricky. Those gadgets go out, and then Zip right Back where They started. If you are a Canine, it’s not a fun Game. Back and forth. In and Out. Around and around. Nothing new for Me, but for the One Throwing? Laughter and merriment. The One who is Tossing think it’s amusing. And entertaining. They are living unstuck, much to My detriment.

Thoughts, words and deeds do bounce back and come Home to roost. Since I am a Canine, I can’t form Words. But I listen when Others speak, either to Me or each other. (Sometimes to themselves, but that’s a Whole other post.) The Ones who are Upbeat? They spread those Feelings of Happiness and contentment. I hear a lot of Laughter going on, as if They are sowing seeds of delight that return to Them. And there are Those grumpy Eeyores. Nothing can ever be quite Right. All is Gloomy. And sure enough: Their world is Murky Indeed. Not unstuck at all.

How about You? Do You send out Positives and get the same in Return? Or is Your Life a Constant Dismal Swamp? I say: You can change Your World whenever You want. Let the Sun Shine in. And let it glow through Your actions and Words. I guarantee You will Sparkle and Shine. Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#the-route-to-happiness

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

P-Mail Connections

Duff here. I like to get Mail from Others. Some send Me actual Greeting Cards. Can You imagine How excited I am to receive Them? Very! Mom reads Their verses to Me in Gentle Tones and I know I am Loved. Mom also sends our clients Valentine’s Day cards and Thanksgiving greetings. A few years back, a Lady called in Tears. She told Us it was the First Valentine She had received since Her husband passed 21 years earlier. Such a Small Gesture to warm the Heart. Living unstuck.

My way? To Leave P-Mail along My walking Path. Other Animals, be they Canines, Chipmunks, squirrels or Bears, leave Their messages, too. And I am Fearless with this practice. I carefully check out the Scent. (Bear Scat and Horse Manure? Not My favorites.) And if I feel so led, I leave a Yellow P-Mail for My Buddies. We communicate Quite Easily in this manner, saying “Hello!” And “Howdy!” One Pet down the Road thinks He owns the Area. But Not so. I persevere to convince Him, for I live unstuck.

How about You? Do You keep in Touch Often? Sometimes? Never? I say: Enjoy being connected. Leave a Voice mail. Text a companion. Tell Your Mom You love her. Happiness will blossom and You will feel Your Heart Open to the Wonder of Others. Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#connection

Faith makes all things possible . . . Love makes all things easy.

—Jeffrey R. Holland

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