Bridging the Divided

Live Life Like A Great Dane…..

“Things that upset a terrier may pass virtually unnoticed by a Great Dane” — Smiley Blanton

There is a spiritual lesson in the above quote. We have Yorkshire Terriers, just a personal preference. We love big dogs, small dogs, in-between dogs; Yorkies suit us at this point in our lives.

One of our Yorkies is my walking partner. I use the term walking only because I am moving forward on two legs, she on four legs and we have a starting and ending point. Tasia, short for Anastacia, sniffs everything in her path, and I mean every blade of grass, leaf, or object that happens along the way. She is on a mission with every walk, hot on the trail of whatever scent she has chosen to follow. The canine version of Sherlock Holmes. Tasia studies and puzzles over objects, looks up at me as if to ask, “do I need to be concerned, here?” 

I watch other dogs walking their humans. The bigger dogs happily trot alongside, some run alongside training for a marathon, I assume. Big dogs generally take in the bigger picture, their noses noting the global concerns more readily than their smaller counterparts who view all concerns as global. There is a difference; bigger picture vs. drowning in concerns. One of the neighbors along our walking path has large greyhounds. Beautiful, majestic dogs, and wholly confident as they survey their kingdom and appear to find little of concern.

Too many of us are like small dogs on a walk; analyzing every detail, jot, and tittle of life, anxious over more than necessary, especially those things we can do nothing about. It is exhausting, and for what purpose? 

When we settle into a level of spiritual awareness grasping the reality we are souls, housed in a body, having a life experience, the journey becomes less about the daily anxieties and more about the journey of growth and understanding. It is important to understand life happens around us and how we respond reveals a lot about our spiritual awareness. 

When everything is a crisis we lack God-consciousness; the realization that humanity and God are one and cannot be separated. We are not alone and we needn’t live a fear-based life. Yeshua said, Can any of you by worrying add an hour to his life? If you can’t do a little thing like that, why worry about the rest?” (Luke 12:25-26 The Complete Jewish Bible) Worry is fear, plain and simple.

We can learn a lesson from bigger breed canines. View life from a higher perspective, not everything is worthy of crisis or concern…..

2 comments on “Live Life Like A Great Dane…..

  1. Reviewed By Edith Wairimu for Readers’ Favorite Not many of us think about death and even for those who do, it is just for mere moments before we are caught up in the daily maze of life. Death in itself has often been considered a taboo subject, a horrible experience that should never be discussed. Not for Kimberly C. Paul, the author of the deeply life-changing book, Bridging the Gap: Life Lessons of the Dying. The book begins with the author’s transition from film involvement to beginning a career in hospice. Kimberly C. Paul details her life lessons along the way, including accounts of people who taught her what life is really all about. These lessons have proved invaluable to her. Bridging the Gap by Kimberly C. Paul is so many things in one. It is heartwarming, emotive and eye-opening. Along the way it caused me to laugh and cry and sometimes both at the same time. I was utterly glued from the first life lesson till the last. The discussion questions took my reading experience to a whole new level as I thought about each story in every chapter, and the messages contained within and how they applied to my life. The images were definitely a thoughtful addition to the book as they helped me put a face to the wonderful characters included. Bridging the Gap will definitely stay with me for a long time. My gratitude goes to Kimberly C. Paul and the brave characters in every section, for their frankness and willingness to share intimate parts of their lives and also for imparting my journey in the process.


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