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My brothers’ family dog, Dixie, is a beagle and a true hound dog. She will eat just about anything and there’s been many a time when she’s gotten into my purse and sniffed out a granola bar or some other goodie and left me only pieces of the wrapper to clean up.
One time she completely devoured a one pound artisanal organic lamb and beef smoked sausage that i’d gotten at the farmer’s market in Maine.
Dixie is a little dog so this was quite a feat for her. I had the sausage in my suitcase and left it unzipped and she thought that meant that I was willing to share my stash. I wasn’t.
I’ve seen Dixie jump on top of the dining room table and bury her face in a bowl of food just placed there while we’re in the middle of setting the table. She’s quick and clever. She’s learned how to maneuver a chair over to the counter in the kitchen in order to get up there and devour a chicken waiting to be sliced.
Dixie helps our entire family to practice “you’re never upset for the reason you think.”
How could I be upset that Dixie ate my sausage when I left it within her striking distance? If I were upset, it would only be because I SHOULD have known better. I don’t go down the SHOULD road anymore because it’s always going to bring my unhappiness and I’ve had enough of that.
The thing I say that helps me to move on in a moment is: Live & learn.
I’m living and I’m learning.
I’m grateful to be living and grateful to be learning.
To learn anything at all is a blessing.
The other thing I say that helps me keep it lighthearted is: Life!
That’s life! S’life! Life is filled with experiences of stuff that happens. That’s life!
I felt bad for Dixie because the rest of the day she was suffering a bit in her digestion. Compassion is Love and I’m happy to have compassion for Dixie even though she sometimes seems to have none for me. She’s my constant teacher and I respect her for that. I love her. I guess I really didn’t need that sausage anyway. What could I not accept if I but knew that everything is gently planned by one whose only interest is my good?
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