I moved back today’s scheduled post to share this lesson I learned from my dog. I have mentioned in a previous post, that I have a service dog. This is her. Her name is Dash. She does a lot of me, but this weekend she taught me a very important lesson.
We went to Flagstaff this weekend, for a family event. We decided to stay a few days in the RV and I was able to spend time getting some writing done and enjoying the surrounding area. My husband, Dash and I stopped a Buffalo Park for a hike. When we got out of the truck, there was a beautiful Great Dane (I love Danes, I have owned three) that was just coming off the trail. Dash put it in four-wheel drive and charged this enormous male Great Dane. We all had a good laugh. Her little self was ready to take on that big dog, she didn’t even think twice.
We took our hike and as we were coming out, I wanted to get a photo of the Buffalo at the front of the park. I put Dash up near the statue to get a fun memory. She of course complied, she is pretty sassy when the camera comes out.
Once we were in the car, I had to laugh because the photo (above) made me take a moment and see her as she sees herself. She sees herself as a big dog. She is never intimidated by the giants she faces. I realized something. I have giants like the Great Dane sized fear of failing as a writer. It cripples me from time to time. I look at this photo and look at my little Dash. She stood strong and brave today. The threat was null, that Great Dane was as sweet and gentle as a fly. The truth is most my fears are null as well.
I need to take this photo and put me in Dash’s place. I need to see my little self as the giant that will conquer anything.
I see that I may be a little writer today, but if I see my self as a giant, I will be. #howIshouldseemyself #don’tbackdown #lessonsfrommydog Thanks, Dash!