My beloved dogs
older, infirm, can’t walk far
love them all the same
Each day I take my greyhound and my chihuahua on long walks through the country roads of the tiny village I live in. A small woman, between two extremes, we catch the eyes of many commuters. Our definitions of walking are somewhat
different. My idea of walking is to get exercise and watch the natural world as I pass by. It is a time for processing life events, time away from the activities of my personal and/or professional life. I walk to disconnect.
The dogs believe a walk is for scratching the dirt, sniffing under the leaves, looking below the surface, and uncovering their dog truths. They seek to connection with their world beyond the house. They love to check things out. While they are checking I watch for my everyday connection with strangers. There are those I wave to, who without a word between us have become important to the start of my day.
This is the way that chaplaincy entered my life. Clinical pastoral education was a seminary requirement, not a career option. All of a sudden it became an important start to my day. Initially, I understood that seminary was my way of becoming the best religious educator I could be. This is only one of the ways in which my theological education would expand my understanding of caring for others and changing my own life. Once I experienced hospital ministry I came to understand the real reason I went to seminary. Chaplaincy became the goal and board certification as a chaplain, the standard I set my sights on. This goal took me for an unanticipated journey that included four Clinical Pastoral Education units (CPE to the initiated), one ordination, one denominational endorsement, one appearance to yet another group for the granting of board certification Ten years of hospital chaplaincy later, I find myself on an unfamiliar path. I have chosen to leave a stressful hospital position.
I’ve often wondered
why “smart” people maintain that
animals don’t feel
Last week as an assignment from the Blogging 101 class I just finished, we were supposed to try an event. I had a good time trying Three Things Thursday and thought I would try again. Thanks Nerd on the Brain! http://nerdinthebrain.com/three-things-thursday/
SO – My three things are as follows.
1. One of my dogs has had some problems, but the tests that were run this week were better than we anticipated. She has a number of health issues. She nearly died from pancreatitis. She had an adverse reaction to a rabies vaccine. She is nearly blind and her front feet turn out. This makes walking difficult for her, but she can find her way out of any harness I put on her.
2. I learn from her every day. She is very good-natured and accepts her life with such happiness and joy. She wakes up happy, and wags her tail, unless she feels sick. She likes her water therapy walks. To me, she is the embodiment of Three Things Thursday. She lives her life as though she is happy to be here, grateful for what she receives and happy to love and be loved.
3. She makes me appreciate my life and reminds/teaches me how to live.
Dogs yap, growl, chase, bark
Frightened cats scramble away
In Blogging 101 we were invited to find a community event and participate.
I chose three things Thursday from Nerd on the Brain’s blog http://nerdinthebrain.com/three-things-thursday/
In no particular order, in the past week three things that have made me happy, grateful, or inspired include:
A day to work at home. Hey, even if it is working, I actually do enjoy my work, but it is often not the kind of work I can do curled up on the couch with my dogs and cats. How great to work at home!
Meringues from Trader Joe’s! They have saved my calorie count this week.
Hearing from a friend and knowing that we will be getting together soon. NO picture, please imagine getting together with your own friends…
Every twelve hours
Our oldest dog’s inner clock
Cries feed me now , please
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I remember each one
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