When I consider this adventure called life, I quickly come to the realization that it will be the longest, most beautiful and most challenging journey I will ever embark upon. There will be open meadows, filled with wildflowers, laughter and love. It is during those moments that I will dance in the sunlight and give thanks for life’s blessings.
There will also be rough terrain, showered with tears that, at times, appear impassable. Yet, these moments will teach me so many valuable lessons and allow my soul to grow and flourish.
Regardless of life’s trail, know you are never alone! You might not know your direction, but you can always choose who you have beside you. Surround yourself with individuals that you can GROW with, for these beautiful souls will feed you and make you feel alive.
Reach out to those special souls that walk beside you at times, holding your hand and at other moments carry you, when you are unable to stand alone. Take a moment to thank them for being such a beautiful part of your journey. Celebrate this exploration of love and friendship, for it is a beautiful and unique gift.
Yesterday was a day filled with mixed emotions. Unfortunately, I had to say good-night to my sweet friend, Cutie. Now keep in mind, I never say good-bye…ever! I say “night” when I hang up on the phone with a friend, and I say “night” to my kiddos when they leave for school…it is just part of quirky me. Good-bye feels too permanent for me. So, I choose to say “good-night”, instead. I truly believe that my friends and family, that have crossed over, are with me each and every day. They live in my mind, my soul and my heart. I am all about keeping memories alive!
Cutie lived a beautiful life, but she was just tired. It was her time. I knew it…she knew it. She positioned herself under her favorite pine tree, yesterday morning. I sat with her for about an hour, knowing I would not want to be alone during my final hours. She fell asleep in my lap, as I stroked her soft feathers. Her breathing was shallow, but she was not in pain. I found it interesting that her small flock of Sebright and Silkie friends remained very close. They were not free ranging, in search of tiny bugs and morsels. They were just sitting, as if to say their own “good-nights”.
To some, Cutie would just be a bird…a chicken, no less. But, she was my friend and a member of our family. She brought me joy each and every day of her life. She asked for nothing…ok, so many she asked for a few meal worms, but what she gave back was so much more.
Yesterday was that “one bad day”. I was blessed with over 1000 beautiful days with Cutie, which makes that one difficult day worth it.
Hug your special friends today, furry, feathered and human!
Many of you know that I have a passion for animals and photography. Put the two together, and I have found pure bliss! This photo represents my passion beautifully! I owe all the credit to Wifey, who patiently stood out in the freezing cold for this shot.
I am a nut about black and white photography. But, even I can’t decide between these two shots. I enjoy the timeless feel of the black and white, but I also love the color tones! I am going to break the rules and choose both!