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Joy: From the Ground Up

Making It Happen March 31, 2014

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That Isaac Newton sure knew what he was talking about. Thanks in part to treats involved with training and learning tricks, I’ve become something of a connoisseur on the topic through my doggie life. To Making It Happen

Sit. Get a treat. Lie down. Get a treat. Do nothing at all but look really (really) cute. Get a treat. Well, the last one only works every now and then. But the point is it does work. To think my beloved people think they are the ones training me! That’s what I want them to think.

Meanwhile, I got to thinking of this action and reaction concept today as it was mom’s first day at her new place called work. And as I reflect upon how this change came to be I realized something pretty powerful. It’s easy to be reactive. But something pretty awful comes with that territory. I think when you are completely reactive to the world around you, it is easier to find yourself waiting. And waiting. And then the waiting can bring with it negative thoughts about waiting. Suddenly the waiting becomes an inevitable dance with destiny and the result often isn’t worth the wait.

The solution isn’t this waiting game. It isn’t waiting for something bad to happen. The solution is to be proactive instead of reactive. Make it happen. Make the good happen.

That’s what mom did when she decided to change jobs recently. She stopped waiting. Instead she did. She made it happen. It wasn’t easy. And the transition isn’t going to be easy. But I have a feeling about this change. I think it’s for the best. And I’m not just saying that because I think I will be seeing more of mom as a result. I’m saying that because I really want her to be happy. Sadly there are no treats I can give her to reinforce happiness. (Wouldn’t it be nice if there were?)

Instead I remember that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Because that Isaac Newton definitely hit the nail on the head with that one.


9 Responses to “Making It Happen”

  1. utesmile Says:

    I do hope as well that it was the right decision for your mum and she will be happier there. More time for Carter and you is always a positive thing! Enjoy!

  2. fredrieka Says:

    It is always good when momwithoutpaws has time for me.. The weather is better and we go outside more .. boy am I tired. Hope your extra time makes you tired and your momwithoutpaws more rested

  3. I agree with you and Mr. Newton. And he even said we build too many walls and not enough bridges. For me waiting is like a wall and with action you can build a bridge :o)

  4. Sandy Says:

    Wiley – You might need to reframe that. I think your Mom would consider your happy face and wagging tale as a treat. It doesn’t have to be a food snack for her, although you probably like those the best. From what you’ve told us, your mom is pretty smart and flexible enough to learn new things and accept the changes that come with growing the family with you and Carter. No one can do everything, but I think that your Mom will be just fine. Keep the faith Wiley (and see if you can get a few extra treats)!

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