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A Walk in the Sunshine

Duff here. Sometimes, Mom gets wound up Working on the Computer. She stands in front of It (or sits, as the case may Be), and hunts-and-pecks away. She’s a four Finger typist, so Speed is not Her forte. And She loses track of time! Hours can go By, and She’s still plunking away. Beautiful Spring weather is outdoors. And yet, there She is, Creating away indoors. Not unstuck at all.

Today, I put My foot down. Or should I say My Paw? I stood in the doorway of the Office and Stared at her. No response. Not to be Deterred, I Stamped My paws. First slowly. Then Faster. And Faster. She looked up and realized what She was missing: Both Me and a lovely Spring Day. She grabbed the leash and off We went. I took Mom for a Walk. And I think She was the better for it. That’s living unstuck.

You too? Do You get involved in a Project or something Very Important? And forget the Beauty of the Outdoors? I say: Take a look Outside. Step out and Enjoy The World. I do often, and Find it most Enjoyable. Come join Me and live unstuck. #unstuck-living#spring-sunshine

It was me. I let the dogs out.


Luck of the Irish

You’ve got to think lucky. If you fall into a mud hole, check your back pocket—you might have caught a fish.

—Irish proverb

Duff here. Happy St. Patty’s Day to You! I have heard: Even if You’re not of this Heritage, You too can be Irish on that Special day. I Myself will Be wearing the Green, for I have heard of getting Pinched if I neglect to do So. And I Don’t want that. You know: I am a Lucky Canine. I have Many Friends, some of whom I have not Yet Met. But that is Good Fortune in itself, for It provides a bright Promise for Tomorrow. That Special Pot of Gold. Living unstuck.

I am filled with Joy, which attracts Prosperity of all Sorts. How about a Chance meetup with an Acquaintance with an Offer of a Meal? (Yes, I know it’s always food with Me, isn’t it?) Or an Unexpected Walk through Territory unknown to Me. The Anticipation of many new Experiences? That’s Bounty at its Finest. Living unstuck.

How about You? Are You lucky? Do You create a Field of Positivity around You? I recommend: Do so and You will Prosper mightily. That Happens to Me All the Time. May the luck of the Irish be with You! Live unstuck. #unstuck-living#luck-of-the-Irish

Mom Thinks I’m Getting Old

Duff again. The other day, I was Revving Up to jump into the Car. After measuring the Distance in My Precise manner, I took a Running Leap. And missed the Edge of the Driver’s side Entrance. As I tumbled to the Ground, I could see Mom already moving rapidly toward Me, concerned I hurt Myself. But I was more Embarrassed than anything Else. I kept My distance from Her, for this was only a minor Error in Spatial Judgment. Not particularly living unstuck Then.

I backed up a Little Further for the Next Try. Then Mom reached down to Pick Me up and Put me in the Car. Can You imagine? I was Incensed. I backed Up even further and gave Her The Look. You know, the one that says, “Leave me be. I can do This,” for I am an Independent Pup. I suspect She thought I was getting Old. Perish the Thought! She then tried to Pick me up once again, but I was having None of It. To update You: That next Attempt was a Success. All was Well and off We went. Truly living unstuck.

Are You keeping a Youthful Mindset? Or are You pretending to be Old and not Stepping up to Challenges? Stretching those Horizons? I say: Nonsense! If You have a Sense of Adventure and Joy in the Moment, You can be Any Age You Wish. I’d suggest picking something Younger, for I Hear growing Old is a Real Challenge. Don’t Do it. Live unstuck. #unstuckliving#youngatheart

There is absolutely nothing to be said in favor of growing old. There ought to be legislation against it.

—Patrick Moore

Too Many People Grow Up

That’s the real trouble with the world; too many people grow up.

—Walt Disney

Duff here. I think Mr. Disney had it exactly Right. Mom calls Me her Puppy, and quite often people think She has found another Whippersnapper of a Companion. (As if That would happen . . .) But even though I am the Canine Executive Officer of Unstuck Living, I have once again taken to My Puppy Ways. I play My version of fetch with Mom. I Dance on My hind legs. I run Fast across the parking Lot with Her. Then play and Frolic, circling and Skipping as I go. Celebrating what is. Living unstuck.

I believe Christmas brings that Younger Self out in all of Us. This Feeling may start with Children delighting in Toys at the store. Old familiar Songs bringing back Fond Memories. A whiff of Cinnamon with the Reminder of Grandma’s cookies. Christmas tree ornaments on the Tree, made when You were small. Or Your Children were tiny. All add to the festive Nature of the season and create a Magic of Excitement in the Air. Now that’s living unstuck.

How about You? Are You enveloped in Childlike Wonder this time of the year? Or are You all Grown Up, much too Old to have any Fun? I say: Loosen up. Have some New Experiences. Fun is a feeling that starts Deep inside You. Bring Joy into Your life however You see fit. You’ll be glad You did. I’ll help If you’d need Me to, perhaps only with Happy Pictures of Me in Your Mind. Live unstuck. #untuckliving#nevergrowup

The Season Has Begun

Duff here. Mom stepped out of the car at the Post office. And stopped Short. There was Santa’s Workshop. And all those twinkly colored Lights! Christmas is here. The Season has begun. I hopped out of our Car (just to Please Her), and She hooked Me up to My Leash. Off We went to enjoy the Sights. My Problem? I’m so Close To the Ground I couldn’t see The Glittering Effect in all its Glory. Mom tucked Me under Her arm so I could get Far enough off the Ground to appreciate the View. (I was more interested in Touching The Bulbs with My nose but to each His Own.) Talk about living unstuck.

The Lighting is up early This Year, and the Warm Feeling of the Occasion is oh-so-appreciated. Mom took Some Pictures to share with You so you could enjoy The Glow of The Lights too. I personally Think the reason the Lights have such an Effect is: It’s time for some Fun. Some Lighthearted Joy. Some Happiness. Some Peace. That can’t come Too Soon, Right? Living unstuck.

How about You? Do you travel about, Taking in the Christmas Lights? Gather up family and Friends and make an Evening of it? I say: The time to Do so is Now. Join Me and Cut loose. Celebrate the Season. You’ll have a Warm Feeling inside. I did. (Or perhaps it was Because Mom was Holding me, Keeping Me warm.) Live unstuck.

It really is the most wonderful time of the year.


The Big White Truck

Duff photoDuff here. I have made many friends over the years. Some are acquaintances, while others are friends. Then there are The Good Friends. You know what I mean. Two of my Good Friends have helped my mom and Me so many times over the years. And they always come in their Big White Truck. My ears are quite sensitive to different noises and this vehicle has a distinctive sound. I could hear the truck approaching from two blocks away and I would prepare to swarm them. After the truck pulled in (and mom let me go), I met. I greeted. I did remarkable tail wags. The whole nine yards. I lived unstuck.

Now there was a day when another Large White Truck pulled up and stopped in the middle of the street. I didn’t realize at the time: the driver was from a utility company, checking the meters. He left his truck door open. I ran as fast as I could to meet and greet. And jumped into the cab. He returned and found Me, A Very Friendly Dog, on the driver’s seat. I met and I greeted. But we were both puzzled. He wasn’t who I was looking for. And he wondered whose dog this was. But one thing I knew for sure: it was a Big White Truck. My Good Friends had to be there. He laughed and scratched my head. Mom picked me up, thanked him and told me my Good Friends would come to visit on another day. All was well. I was joyous and carefree. Living unstuck.

Do you get attuned to a sound? A scent? A sight? A memory? And when something like that comes your way, do you want to follow your memory? Want to jump up into the Big White Truck and roll along? I say: Be playful and free. If you want to follow your good thoughts from the past, do it. You can even share them with someone else. Or simply remember them in your own mind . . . and feel good. I live unstuck. And encourage you to do so, too. #UnstuckLiving

The Good Friends are the people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little brighter, and live a little better.”

—Paraphrase from Pinterest

The Joy of Different Perspecitives

Duff here. I love to ride in my car. Notice it’s my car. My mom is simply a chauffeur. A good one, but just someone to ferry me around. And that’s as it should be.

I like to cruise from the front seat to the back, from one side of the car to the other. The view from my mom’s lap is quite different from what I can see from the other side. The back seat affords different opportunities too. On one side, I can perch on my carrier and look directly at the driver next to us. Or if there are other Dogs, I can greet them, being careful not to gaze directly so as to incite a challenge.

As I look ahead, I can see the pavement with that funny yellow stripe, showing up . . . then fading as we slowly move down the road. When we pick up speed, the line blurs and seems to be a single stripe. As I look behind me, I notice how quickly we leave what we have already seen behind us. The perspective from each window is quite different. Mom and I live unstuck.

Ever notice the differences in what you see as you move through life? How the front windshield is quite large, as is the potential of your future? And the rear view mirror quite small, reflecting the problems of your past? That your present (on either side) has many different facets? The points of view are endless. I say: enjoy the ride . . . and appreciate the view. Live unstuck. #UnstuckLiving

Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever.

—Peter Hagerty