Novelty is such a funny concept to me. I like when things are new, different, and exciting. I love exploring new places, led by my nose more than my eyes. Everything is so fresh and appealing when you experience something for the first time. Novelty, like variety, is a spice of life.
But so is familiarity. Sure, it’s not the cayenne pepper that is novelty, but familiarity has an inherent comfort like nutmeg or cinnamon. Sometimes I breathe in the familiar smell of my forever home (which often smells like nutmeg and cinnamon because of scented candles) and I am overcome with the most powerful sense of fulfillment and peace. This is when I tend to audibly grunt sigh (neither a grunt or a sigh, but a combination of the two) for all around me to hear.
All of this came to mind for me today while mom readied some delicious-smelling people food in the kitchen. As usual, she was listening to music and dancing around the room while she worked, and while so much about this image was familiar something was different. I can’t quite put my paw on it, but there is something about what I was watching that was novel somehow, even though I’ve seen it a million times.
In my reflective moment I found myself paying attention to details I otherwise overlook, like the words to the song playing in the background. I’d heard Chris Martin from Coldplay sing of Clocks so many times, but for some reason it was like I was hearing the line for the first time: “Am I part of the cure? Or am I part of the disease?”
As a general believer in seeing the best in the supporting people, places and things that make up the cast of characters in my doggie life, I try to be part of my own personal cure. In a world sick with negativity, I seek joy in the oddest places and don’t give up until I find and exploit the happiness out of a situation. That is the cure I fight for on a daily basis. What’s yours? Is there something familiar in your life that might need to be cured with a dash of novelty?
It was a such an unexpected blessing for me to be caught up in the novelty of this familiar moment. Everything about it was the same except my perspective. That’s why novelty is such a funny concept to me. While I love when things are new and exciting, I find comfort in the familiar. Yet, when I pay close enough attention to the familiar, perspective offers novelty a second chance. And, if my life is any indication, everything deserves a second chance.
You are such a wonderful and caring pup Wiley! Wooooowooooooo! Ku
Thank you dear Ku! 🙂
I love me some nutmeg too Wiley!
You are a wonderful cure, W. My solution to any negativity or sadness is cuddling. Nobody can resist a cuddle and a kiss so they cure many ills, while making a happy situation even happier!
Love and licks,
Cuddling! Yes! You are brilliant my friend!!! 🙂
My mom does the same crazy things in the kitchen – maybe that’s a secret ritual that the potatos do not scorch?
That must be it! I didn’t think of that! 😉
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May you always smell delightful smells and never any that make you sad or afraid, Wiles. Mmmm, Cinnamon toast! I just might have that for breakfast this morning 🙂
Mmmmmm….cinnamon. I love that smell whenever it graces the kitchen of my forever home, for me or otherwise.