Take Off…From the Great White North

DSC_0026While by Watrous Saskatchewan, in the fall, I love to see the Sandhill Cranes. It is always a thrill to watch them hop and interact with each other. When I get to hear them call as they fly, I am filled with excitement. As they fly south with their stopovers, to eat and rest, they give us a chance to share their beauty.

The small things that mean one thing to some, can mean so much different to another. What signals winter on its way can also signal a new adventure.

Each day we work our dogs we get to see success and struggle. Each of our struggles can be like the signals of winter to the Cranes. We can take them, use them as an opportunity to train and learn; then share the beauty of working dogs and livestock with others that do not get to go on the journey with us (and some that do). After we train through the struggle, the same situation then becomes success, just like the Cranes migrating north, on the same path as they took south, signals spring.

The Throw Away

DSC_0039-EditSince it is the end of the year this is an appropriate photo. I was going through some shots thinking I should delete some. This is one that was not marked to process. I thought “That is one of my better shots of the Golden Crowned Kinglet.” It was set to be discarded…

It got me to thinking about New Year celebrations. It seems that people get very excited about a new start in the new year. All the bad of the last year gets washed away when the clock hits 12:00 midnight.

I think it is good to take time to evaluate how things are going, getting rid of all the things that are holding us back. When we go this it can be refreshing and we can start out renewed. It is important to not discard everything just because was difficult or not what we want. Those hard times along with the good times form us and make us who we are today.

The past is set, live in the present; that is what you have the power to change. When looking back give yourself permission to let go of the things that keep you from the present. Clean house but hold on to the things that make the present what it is and change the things you want to make better.

Maybe this New Year celebration is not such a bad thing after all…

In honor of New Years Eve: Happy New Year, enjoy the future because you have set up for it with the past.