Lessons on Life inspired by Charlie


Soon this page will feature over 50 lessons on life inspired by Charlie.

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Last week Charlie + I played our last game of snowballs for the season because the last of the spring snow is all gone. But if you go into the shaded forests that we like to walk through there are still some ice-paths; they're the summer paths that become the winter paths and over the course of the winter the snow on those paths turns to dense ice and is the last bit of winter to melt away.

On either side of these (six foot wide) ice-paths there's dried grass from last fall to walk on. But Charlie slips and slides along the ice-paths because that's the path he always takes. 

Sound familiar? Look familiar? Feel familiar?  Old habits die hard.

Sometimes I too catch myself moving or thinking along an old path while there are better paths right in front of me.




Life, loss and renewal


Zeus, Mozart and Charlie.

What goes around, comes around. No ball lasts forever. 

Neither do the good times, nor the bad times.




The joy of discovery


Three times a day Charlie reminds me that it’s time to go for a walk. He’s very punctual and persistent that way. But while it’s important for him to go for a walk “now” and to head off in a particular direction, once we begin walking, he becomes immersed in the walk. He can be speeding along, tracking a ball or friend by sight - when an interesting smell interrupts his present intention and everything changes. In a flash he skids to a stop, circles, once, twice and then bounds off in a new direction. This sort of behaviour is really bad news if your journey is all about arriving first. But it’s no big deal if your trip is all about the journey and the discoveries you make along the way.






No matter the season or region, when I take Charlie to the beach he’s ecstatic. Originally poodles were bred to be water retrievers. Now, to be smart + loyal companions. Charlie’s happiest when he’s on the beach with Michelle and me, returning a stick we toss into the water for him. He’s aligned with his breed’s history as well as his present role.

We all need mental + physical spaces like this to trigger and sustain our ecstasy.





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