This morning I went for a walk by myself in my own neighborhood, and I was feeling like the happy camper I am training myself to be. Snapping pictures here and there, not a cloud for my collection on the beautiful blue sky, but the sun was in full blast at the time of the day…just all the ingredients to be grateful to be walking around.
Then…all of a sudden…two humongous dogs started charging towards me and the “I don’t care if they wreck you” owners were saying “they won’t hurt you, they are friendly dogs…” yeah! right!! Those vicious dogs were trying to get a piece of my 62+ young body as a snack before their lunch time. Thanks God I always carry with me a stick that looks like I took the plunger part out and I was just carry the remaining part. Really, it is part of an extension pole I bought at the $ store. Well, let’s continue with the attack. I have yet to meet dogs that are labelled according to their owners, vicious, or be afraid, that they’ll bite you dogs. Owners like to assume that their pets are just toys or human buddies. Dogs are just that, dogs. They need training so they can become your buddy or show some restrain. Somewhat like human beings, we need training to learn how to behave. Some of us skip that stage of development.
Please keep your out of proportion dogs on a leash. It is the law. You see where I am going here, don’t you. If you don’t, don’t feel bad.
After yelling “stop” for I don’t know how many times, and moving my stick trying to keep them away from me, finally the owners came and took them back. They acted as if they were the offended ones. How typical of humanoids. I was all shaken up, my heart racing and my mind full of dangerous thoughts.
That’s when I thought, this is the time where I need not to let what just happened affect me and the rest of my pleasant walk. It was not easy at the beginning, and then that’s when the thought came racing across my mind.
“My life as a whole is bigger than this single moment. In the last moments of my life I am not even going to remember this incident, so I need to move on.”
I decided right there and then that I needed to move past that moment and concentrate on what I wanted to accomplish for the rest of my day. Took a few deep breaths and kept on walking and concentrating on the beauty of the day and the moment. Well, besides the “friendly doggies.”
I was bitten by a sweet cute doggie once. That’s why I am always concerned about being around doggies per se. My human mechanism has an alarm when I see a dog. Sorry, dog owners and lovers. I think they are adorable, but at a distance.
The point here is that I am continuing to learn that I need to control my emotions and what fuels them. Mind over matter. Old saying, but practical all the time.
The beautiful picture above is from a tree that I really don’t know the name, but it looks so beautiful. Don’t you agree? See the picture of the tree below. And the fire hydrant for…the dogs. How proper.
So it was today…13th April, 2011…a day that went to the dogs, and some exercises on controlling my mind and my emotions.
Your Happy Contessa
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