I walk my dogs pretty much every day and yesterday I noticed that they greet each lawn with a level of excitement that would make you think this was their first walk ever! We take the same route, see the same people, sniff the same trees, look for the same cats and their enthusiasm never wanes. And as I was observing this, I wished that I could be like that.
In my efforts to understand why I lack follow-thru, I have discovered that I have lost the skill of delighting in the mundane. Or I never had it at all and need to cultivate it. Ellie and Woody are enthralled by the same patch of grass. Everyday! I need to be enthralled by the daily actions I need to take everyday. I need to look at my commitments with new eyes and not give up on them because they are the same everyday. Of course, they’re the same everyday, they’re commitments! Daily promises that I make to myself to achieve a long range goal. The goals don’t happen without the daily actions.
So I’m off to walk my pack of two. Off to find delight in the little patch of grass just outside our door. The same patch of grass that is there everyday. Because you never know what you might find.