AN ABUNDANT LIFE BY TALIA ABRAMS
Stepping into the house for the first time since my dog passed away, made my
throat crisscross and my glands tighten.
My nostrils flared, and I breathed heavily. I hated it. It felt dead in there.
It sounds extreme, I know, but dogs are like my version of god. They bring me
peace, grounded-ness and hope. They provide support, listen wholeheartedly,
and don’t talk back.
A happy, waggy dog brings life into any situation.
I miss her. I want her.
But, instead of sulking in the sadness of losing her, I want to learn from her.
By taking her on walks, I got out of the house and enjoyed nature.
By giving in to her convincing puppy-dog eyes, I put my snow pants on and
became a kid again every winter; rolling around in the snow and tackling my
big, black, brown and white Bernese Mountain Dog, Willow, was pure bliss.
By playing with her toys, playing football in the backyard, and looking into her
big brown eyes, I learned about the power of connection.
I brought her with me EVERYWHERE and bringing her with was the best
choice every time. I probably spoke to 5 or 6 individuals, couples and families
per hour when Willow was walking beside me. I made friends, learned about
people, enjoyed time with children, elderly people, people who were homeless — everyone.
By having her, I asked for a “puppy-whip” every time I went to Starbucks.
It may seem insignificant — a puppy whip. Big Deal. But, I was pushed out of
my comfort zone when I had her with me.
Life was abundant with my dog, Willow.
The energy in which we choose to surround ourselves with is important. The
energy around me has an effect on everything, from my thoughts and
emotions to my choices and behavior.
Everything is more fun, more creative and more loving with the right company.
It gives you a reason to dance around the kitchen when no one else is home
or sing random songs that you come up with in your head to make your
company laugh (or wag their tail).
Dogs are not only good friends, but amazing coaches, mentors and spiritual
I feel best when I’m encouraged to go on adventures and to be silly, and it’s
incredibly important for me to know the tools I need to thrive.
A dog helps me immensely — not only to feel love but to live an abundantly
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