Eat, play, love


I don’t think that Gus has any idea at all that the calendar has just turned over, but for us humans, it’s hard to escape.  There is something about the approach of December 31 that makes us reflect on what has passed, and on what lies ahead.  It can all get a bit overwhelming.

As a result, I’m sure you noticed that I retreated from blogging for much of December.  My apologies, but for some reason I found myself needing to take a break from “putting it out there.”   I have had a wonderful few weeks of non-routine with Gus, my family, and so many special friends.  I’ve also found myself turning inwards.  I’ve  looked back over the events of 2009, and I’ve reflected a lot on what lies ahead for me in 2010.

This past year will always stand out for me as one of great extremes.  I experienced loss, sadness and grief, but also the incredible gifts of love, support, and inspiration from so many incredible souls around me.  I suppose those two sides of the coin often come to us together.

I have also had the incredible experience of acting on something I am passionate about, and I have been overwhelmed by the positive results and far-reaching ripple effects that have come back to me as a result.  I have felt excited, terrified, overwhelmed and incredibly fulfilled, all at the same time.

As I try to sum it all up and step bravely forward, out into the -20 degree January morning, I find that, as usual, I am drawing another lesson from Gus.  In his world, right now is what truly matters.  Introspection and reflection are great, but he just gets on with it and deals with what’s right in front of him; right here and right now.  And he keeps it pretty simple.

As the title above suggests, life for Gus revolves around three basic things.  In fact, I realized that the last few weeks have been all about those same three pillars for me as well.  I have eaten so much wonderful food (and I have the tight waistband to show for it!).  I have kicked back and enjoyed down time and fun with those who are dear to me.  And, I have been truly blessed with an abundance of love in my life.  Maybe that’s why I’m feeling so good now, as I head into this new year.

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions.  To me, they only set us up for disappointment and frustration, as we try to measure up against unrealistic and unattainable goals.  This year, I’m going to try to keep it simple, the way Gus does.  I’m going to do my best to focus on the here and now, just as it unfolds before me.

My plan for 2010 is to eat well, play often, and love with all my heart.  I think that if I manage to do that, the rest will take care of itself.

Happy New Year!

Love, Janet

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5 Responses

  1. Happy New Year! Love your resolution (if I may call it that), I think I’ll follow your example.

  2. Greetings, Janet.

    That was wonderful to read! It was just perfect. Especially when you mentioned you’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. It is so funny because I used to make them. Maybe it just seemed like the thing to do but this will be the first time I am not making any. I like your plan for 2010 very much. In fact it is quite similar to mine. A Happy New Year to you too =)

  3. Hi Janet and Gus
    Happy New Year from Mac and Hamish the labradoodles (UK).
    We just LOVE the snow – so many new smells and great fun to play in. Have fun!
    How is the book going. MAc is staring in a book called A Dog’s View of Management and he acompanies Ann on her speaking events – there is much to learn about how to manage people from a dogs’s point of view!

  4. Hi Janet!!

    Eat, Play, Love! WIth your blessings, I am going to blend those with my themes for 2010! For the last few years I have given rise to theme years…this year mine is “giving myself permission & innocence.”

    Your dog & you(r) blog continue to inspire me in so many ways…thank-you!

    Can’t wait to finish up my massage education with you!!!! Yaaa!

    Ramona Astrid

    • Thank you for your wonderful comments Ramona! I think your theme is fabulous, and I’m really looking forward to being back with your class again, starting tomorrow!

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