Along with her breeding mastiffs, my daughter has a Shar-Pei as a house pet. The Shar-Pei is a medium size dog, weighing about 40 pounds. When I was visiting, the dog tried a new trick of crawling under a very low coffee table. The mastiffs couldn’t get to her, she could watch the family room, and she just liked it there. I thought it was a bit unwise to risk getting stuck under the furniture like that, but I was wrong.
The Shar-Pei’s experiment is a metaphor for life. She took a risk and it worked. She enjoyed the outcome. It was doable, although it certainly didn’t seem that way when she first started crawling under there. I really thought we’d have to lift the table off to get her out, our intervention was not needed. It wasn’t a big deal what she did, just a surprise to my daughter and I as we sat there.
Not every risk has to be a big one, not does every risk need a big payoff. Sometimes you just try things because you can. And hope that no one nips your butt because it’s hanging out there.
Word for tomorrow – INVOLVE. If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”.
I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com or write me at dogear6 [at] gmail [dot] com.