Mar 062019
 

All set to write a number of blog posts, I suddenly felt as if I’d run into a wall. And, I was going pretty fast when I hit that wall. The wind had been knocked out of me and everything felt like a tremendous effort to do something that normally brings me joy. If I were a person who believed in writers’ block, I imagine this is how it would feel.

If I were a person who believed in writers' block, I imagine this is how it would feel. Click To Tweet

But, since I’m not a big believer, I kept my fingers moving. The results were ugly. I was in a foul mood. Pissed off. Angry. Frustrated.  About what? Pretty much everything: child abuse and sexual assault and racism and prejudice toward the LGBTQ community.

I was in a foul mood -- about too many things. Click To Tweet

One way to deal with such an honest but ugly picture is to step away from the project so I decided that reading might be a better option. I picked up one of the many books I’d purchased at recent book festival trips. Unfortunately, that moved the mood meter even further down: my heart broke for the authors who had gone through the joy and hard work of publishing a book but appeared to have cut corners on the use editors and proofreaders. While these writers might have great stories and experiences to share, their credibility is gone. In the first three pages.

While these writers might have great stories and experiences to share, their credibility is gone in the first three pages. Click To Tweet

At that point, I was tempted to call it a day but had an in-person appointment in my home office: it’s not easy to get away from those.

There was a knock on the office door. Actually, it was more like a loud “thud.” A thud that was strong enough to open the door and let the puppy roll in. Literally, roll. She’s not too good on her feet yet.

The sun had come out and I wanted her to be able to come in and out without having to bang on the door so I got up to prop it open.

She shot past me, back into the yard. The big dogs were waiting and so started a vigorous game of bounce, pounce, and zoom. Rolling in the herbs, digging in the sandpit, playing “kill me.” Then they’d all drop down, take a breather, and start racing again. I was witnessing pure joy. It touched my heart and lifted my spirit.

The big dogs were waiting and so started a vigorous game of bounce, pounce, and zoom. Click To Tweet

And, in the face of pure joy, nothing else matters.

 

  11 Responses to “Witnessing Joy”

  1. I love to watch the playful innocence of critters. They have a gift for shifting our moods…

  2. Reading this I feel I’ve been in sync with how you feel. I’ve felt a lot of frustration lately. Many things I wanted to write for which I wrote some notes and had it in my head but when I got home I couldn’t bring myself to sit at the computer and try and write it. Reading wasn’t holding my interest either. It is about finding joy. Tough when you are feeling down and not exactly yourself but there are many blessings in this world.

    • Sometimes I think I’ve made great notes — only to return home and wonder what I found so compelling. I hope you find something that turns your mood as quickly as my dogs did for me.

  3. Isn’t it nice how the simplicity of dogs at play can change your entire perspective?

  4. Animals are teachers and can change our perspective quickly just when we need it most, like when we have a shit storm of a day. When the world puts us in a foul mood, it’s time to stop long enough for us to connect with someone/something that lifts our spirits.

  5. Five minutes watching the antics of my squirrel neighbors or one of my cats playing lioness with a toy puts the smile back in my life for sure.

  6. Brilliant! 💕

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