Monday, August 18, 2008

When I Stop And Look - Sometimes I See It

Every so often, there is a moment when I will see something or hear something that will make me think ... There it is! That is what life is all about.

This feeling can come over me at anytime. I never know when it will happen.

The other day, I walked out into our garage.

It is a filthy garage, most of the time, and not a place I look forward to visiting - for any reason. I try to avoid going out there if I can.

On this day, I was simply walking out into the garage to let the dogs out. They had been put in there to sleep, from the night before.

I opened the door from the house and stepped through it.

I walked over to the garage door that leads to the front yard - to let the dogs out.

I watched for just a moment.

Our dog, Buddy (a 6 year old Golden Retriever) went bouncing out the door. Our little dog, Barbie (a 3 year old Pomeranian) followed after him.

Buddy, his tail wagging so furiously that it moved his entire body, went out the door with such excitement and energy that it instantly infected Barbie. She quickly was drawn into his enthusiasm and began to jump on him and they immediately started to play.

Buddy's joy was infectious and for a moment ... when he looked back in my direction, trying to decide if he wanted to go forward into the yard to play or rather, come back over to me for a pat on the head - during this moment ...

I saw it!

I felt it!

It was simple and yet it was overwhelmingly powerful.

It was lovely.

It was Joy and it was being experienced by these two dogs. They were feeling Joy and even in their eyes I could see the pleasure of the experience. Almost as if they could smile.

I was given a glimpse - through these animals - through this one simple moment in my life ... that this is what it is all about.

Capturing and appreciating Joy!


Recognizing it.


Creating it.


Experiencing it.


Sharing it.


It was just a weird little moment.


But I saw it!


I felt it!


And ... It made me smile.

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57 comments:

Texan Mama @ WhoPutMeInCharge said...

This is really cool. Good imagery. Make me feel really good.

Amanda said...

What a beautiful post. Pure Joy is the best drug around isn't it?

Tara said...

That's what it's all about! Thanks for the reminder.

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

Great post.
This is one reason I love dogs; joy comes so easily to them. They don't try to hide it or make you work for it. They just let it shine and you can't help but feel it, too!

Denise Wheeler said...

What a wonderful post Kellan. I feel it, see it, so often with my little ones. Pure joy, pure happiness. It is awesome!

:)De said...

What a nice post! I too felt the joy.
Wishing you Peace,
:)De

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I know exactly what you mean.

I believe this may be one of your best posts evah!

Rosemary Bogdan said...

NICE post. I know just what you mean too. May we all have many more of such moments. It's what it's all about, isn't it. It's living life to the fullest.

LaskiGal said...

I love weird little moments . . . they are what life is made of.

JCK said...

I can really picture this, Kellan. It brought a smile to my face. You can see why dogs have been brought in for therapy for the elderly. The animals give so much back.

Lindsey said...

Oh I get those looks of joy from my black lab too, they are adorable! It really makes you love them even more and enjoy them!

Dad said...

We are back Kel, we're back

dani said...

joy is ,indeed, a gift, kellan; and all we have to do is notice and receive it...
love,
dani

Tabitha said...

Beautiful post Kellan ~ I can feel their joy too!!
love and hugs XXX

Amanda said...

What lovely dogs Kellan. They sound like they bring your family lots of happiness.
l,
Amanda x

kim-d said...

Oh, I just love this post. I feel sorry for people who can't have pets; there is so much that they have to teach us. If I could, I would have a couple of dogs right along with my cats. As it is, EVERY time I walk in the door to my house, there are two furry faces there to greet me, and that brings me joy!

Have a wonderful day, Kellan Renee.

Brenda said...

Sometimes those moments are too fleeting, or maybe it's that we become too busy to notice them. I'm so happy for you that you did.

Amy said...

Sigh.:)

I love the moments in life, when I really get it! Thanks for sharing one of yours.

God Bless,
Amy:)

Jacey said...

Lovely thoughts that you've shared with us. I love how you phrase things.
I thought, that since you made the effort to come over and comment on my blog, and since I've been reading yours for months, yet haven't commented, I should probably pop over and say something finally :D
I really enjoy reading it - always a highlight to my day - as is reading/commenting over at On the Flipside.

Ellyn said...

Great little story. I love my dog for that very reason. Sometimes for no reason at all she just takes off in pure unedited happiness. Love it.
Have a great day!!

Kaci said...

Awhhh that was awesome I too felt it through your words! :)

Sally said...

Aw, that's precious! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful moment.

Wendi said...

Great story.
Great reminder.
I am now smiling!

Kel said...

It's the simple things in life that mean the most. Thanks for sharing!
~K

Cheeky said...

I have always said its the simple things. Anyone can appreaciate the big things - but to recognize and appreaciate the small ones is truly a blessing.

Monogram Queen said...

It is so rare and wonderful, we who are blessed to notice beautiful, small, SPECIAL moments in life!

Tracey said...

Definitely. The small things, the simplest joys, are what life is about...

Catizhere said...

Yeah, sometimes wish I could be a dog. Nothing to worry about except where the next fire hydrant is.

Dogs know how to live, huh? Run around, play ball, take a nap, eat, rinse, repeat.

Courtney said...

You never think about finding it through dogs. Thanks for sharing this.

Dawn said...

I think you're right. What a beautiful picture of joy that you had the wisdom to see through your dogs.

Joanna said...

Aww - I can see that through your writing. What a lucky dog!

Smoochiefrog said...

I feel the same way when my kidlets are playing together.

Wait, when was the last time that happened?

Right, last night. ;)

Tanja said...

Beautiful post, Kellan!

Amanda said...

I really miss having a dog because of this feeling. Its wonderful how much joy animals share with thier owners which is so heartfelt and true. Thanks for sharring!

Leah said...

children and dogs seem to come by it so easily. The rest of us should definately take notice!

Becky said...

Ahhh, yes...I see this joy, too.

Great post, Kellan.

Marmarbug said...

I love watching our dogs play. They are so innocent that their happiness in infectious!

Don Mills Diva said...

Isn't it wonderful what animals can teach us?

Cheffie-Mom said...

Wow, "capturing and experiencing joy"- I love that. I'm actually having a charity event(about joy!) August 30 in Tyler. It is benefiting the Children's Miracle Network and is called The Five Secret Ingredients for Experiencing Greater Joy!

joan said...

Great psot Kellan. I can just see it too through your words.

Janet said...

And that, my dear, is why I have dogs. They are a constant reminder.

Sandra Carvalho said...

You're so right my friend!
Lovely post!
xoxo

Kimmy said...

I just had that kind of weekend with my family!

It was fantastic!

Kimmy

Rachel said...

I love those moments and those moments get me through the ones that make no sense. Thank goodness for those moments.

Donna said...

Thanks for the "glimpse" at your Angels.....Happy night to you!hughugs

Kelly said...

I have a lot of moments with the boys. My hubby and I just look at each other and say. "This is what it's all about"

Kelly said...

I have a lot of moments with the boys. My hubby and I just look at each other and say. "This is what it's all about"

Jennifer said...

such great little moments in life...those we always remember:)

tammy said...

Fabulous post! I love how my dogs love me unconditionally. They don't care if I've been gone for 5 minutes or 5 days, they are still excited to see me. We could learn a lot from our animals couldn't we?

Brittany said...

aw such a cute post! I can actually picture this happening!

I can't stand my garage, either. It's the pit that eats everything we don't want in the house. haha.

katy said...

On days when I feel absolutely down in the dumps my dog still wants to be my best friend, no matter what.

Julie said...

Finding joy in the every day things... That's what it's all about. :)

Shannon said...

I can so see this in my mind and know exactly what you mean. A full body shake from just one wag of a tail can send a smile across anyones face.

Denise said...

This post really made me smile. I love dogs and with what you described, I could see it too. Buddy and Barbie - I absolutely love the name, Barbie for a dog.

Denise

Ann(ie) said...

I know exactly what you mean. I can count the times on one hand when I felt that kind of pure joy and they are the coolest moments in life!!

bichonpawz said...

My dogs are the same exact way....it's magical what they get joy out of! Perfect Post Kellan!

Jaina said...

I love moments like this.

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