When I woke up this morning I did a small workout. I hadn't been at it very long when I heard my dog sigh. Rather than keep at what I was doing, I went over and laid next to her bed. Working out is important to me. It is good self-care. But my dog's days are numbered and I know she is feeling it. During the day I am busy with my kids and she sleeps on the nearest dog pillow. So this quiet, peaceful time was the perfect chance for me to renew my connection with her and feed both our souls a bit.
As always, she enjoyed the attention. I lay there stroking her fur, feeling how soft it is. We stayed that way for ten or fifteen minutes before she needed to move positions and I got up to research an idea I had.
I'm so grateful I listened to her sigh. I'm grateful to give her this special time and focus. I'm grateful for the comfort it brought me to snuggle her. I'm grateful for all the years we have had together and for the time we have left. I'm grateful to read her cues. I'm grateful to connect with my kids through some fun games this morning. I'm grateful to have connected with my husband last night through a great conversation we shared. I'm grateful for all the wonderful people in my life and meaningful connections we make.
What connections do you cherish most? How much time to you commit each day or week to keeping up those connections?
May we take the time for what is most important to us. May we share deep, loving connections. Have a beautiful day!