"Your achievement is a gift to the world."
- Mark Roberts.
...And on this particular day, my gift is Gatsby. Feeling the achievement of "raising" a loving and kind dog. Gatsby makes everyone who is lucky enough to chance upon his path in life smile!
And thus, on a sunny, cool day like today when I feel a bit under the weather, I lie down on the couch writing and Gats lies all scrambled up in a cozy furball on his chair, I glance over and I sigh... Happily sigh.
My first doggie. My baby boy. My Gats. To love and to care for another -- sure signs of growing up.
I am eternally grateful for Gatsby. And for what he has taught me each and every day -- that loving another is the golden path to happiness. And I shall take this love I have for my Gats and spread it across the world.
I know I am making room in my heart for my love of my life -- the human kind! Because since adopting Gats over 3 years ago, my heart has expanded. It's like the actual organ is making room. For a husband and then for my children.
These are exciting things to say -- for someone who has been so (pun intended) doggedly independent.
And I feel the rush, the sway, of my career building up into a crescendo just as I feel my heart grow for love. They are in synch, like two syncopated swimmers diving into the ocean of life.
So... today, as my nose is a bit stuffed, my throat a bit dry, my body a bit tired, I celebrate the achievement of Gatsby. Of caring for another. Of loving him more than I ever knew possible.
Of seeing my future in the present. Now. This is love. And I am growing so that I may love more and more. I love being a woman on days like this. A woman who claims her ground -- who loves to care for another. Who knows that this is happiness. Who laps it up just as Gatsby laps up his water after a long walk around the reservoir.
The lessons he has taught me are greater than any book. And so, I believe I am a better person for his being my dog.
And thus, I dedicate today's blog to Gatsby. For centering me. And loving me, more than I could ever love myself.
My 5 things:
1. emailed manager referral
2. 4pm tea with head lit agent
3. reading 12 new pages of movie script
4. deciding upon space/ideas for little beast meeting
5. * wild card -- we shall see!
5b. spoke with editor re: SNIFF
5c. will be mailing memoir excerpt to lit agent in AZ
And most importantly, resting... :)