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Thursday, October 14 2010

I know a criminal profiler who is fond of quoting Shakespeare.

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His act being seven ages."

I have always been a believer in the concept that "what's meant to be, is meant to be."  Translated: "You are exactly where God wants you at this moment." And I've held firm to the idea that we are on our own journey through life, other people and animals crisscross our lives along their own journeys.  Sometimes their paths follow our own for a while. Be it a little while, or a long while, during that time we are meant to be together. Everyone is blessed with talents and gifts that they share with others along the journey.

George Eliot wrote,

 "What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?"

I share this little tidbit not so you can pull out your yoga mat and meditate on life during your coffee break.  It is so much easier for me to ponder Life's little puzzles while I'm taking the dogs for a walk.  As the morning sun rises to lift the dew off the pasture, they play in the tall grass, and I contemplate life. You don't have to journey to Tibet to find the meaning of life - just take a walk on your farm. All of life's dramas are played out in the muck and mire of farm living.

It is said that life is a beautiful tapestry. The problem is that we are looking at the back of the rug, while God is looking at the front.  All we see is a chaotic hodge-podge of colored thread.  I thought about that concept this morning while I was taking my coffee, and the dogs, for a walk.

I didn't want this dog. 


When Other Half brought this little space cadet home, I was aghast.  The dog was a fruitcake and he was now our fruitcake for the next 12 years.  After a difficult adjustment period for all of us, I finally consoled myself with the knowledge that God had put this little space traveler in our home because he needed us.  After all, the dog is so weird that in most homes, he'd end up in the pound.

Over time I came to love him, despite his eccentricities.  Instead of viewing him just as a fearful space cadet that God had put with us because we could give him a loving home, I began to see the value of his steadfast devotion to family. And this morning, as I watched my Loveable Loon bounce through the pasture, carefully keeping step with a puppy, his puppy, it made my heart smile. Perhaps Life is not about who is the best and the brightest. Perhaps it's more important to realize that everyone, EVERYONE, has something to contribute to this world.  And if you haven't seen that yet, then you haven't met this little dog.


"My Beloved Monster and Me"

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 11:10 am   |  Permalink   |  7 Comments  |  Email
well said!!!! you always give me food for thought, thank you!
Posted by Carolynn on 10/14/2010 - 07:13 PM
Ranger may have just been waiting around for Trace to finally bring out the best in him! Those pictures are about the cutest thing I have ever seen...
Posted by Janie on 10/14/2010 - 08:29 PM
Thank you! They are the cutest pair, and Ranger is certainly proving himself to be quite the Fairy Godfather!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 10/15/2010 - 10:46 AM
and we don't often see what God sees...
Posted by Cindy Tennant on 10/15/2010 - 07:17 PM
I love how Ranger's eyes never seem to look away from the pup. Imagine. Just a few days ago this pup wasn't even in his life! Now it seems like it is all that IS Ranger's life!
Posted by sue on 10/15/2010 - 08:14 PM
How did I miss this post? Trace's face in that last picture is right out of Disney. He thinks Ranger hung the moon and the stars. :)
Posted by CeeCee on 10/18/2010 - 08:29 PM
Yes, Trace loves his Fairy Godfather!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 10/18/2010 - 10:19 PM

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