Sunday, October 21, 2012

Enjoy the Days

A veterinarian told me a couple years ago, "You have a geriatric Labrador retriever. Enjoy the days you have left with him." We had significantly more time together than any of us had expected, and while it wasn't easy to hear, I am grateful for the words of that vet, and for the compassion with which he spoke them. His gentle reminder stayed with me; I did indeed enjoy what felt like "bonus" years with Sirius.

Scarcity changes perception and helps to see more clearly value which already exists. Much of life is "ordinary" -- so common that it is easy to take it for granted. I am reminded again in the limits of time to truly appreciate the "ordinary" joys of life as they come.

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