I am a fortunate pup to have what the humans call a nature park right across the street from the house I share with Steve and Hoppi. We walk through or around it at least three or four times a day. Soft grass, large trees with birds that make sounds, wooden bridges over water, and benches for resting.
Every so often we see lots of humans gather up on the highest part in the park. I hear words like “I do!” And other times there are little humans with balloons and hats. At those times, I hear “Happy birthday!”
And the park always looks clean and welcoming. Steve says it’s because of the humans who take care of it. We see their trucks often. I extend a hearty “WOOF!” to them for their dedication. I hope somebody gives them a biscuit or two for all their hard work.
And then, there are the turtles. Like one day last week when we saw a group of them sitting on a log in the middle of the water. (Steve said a group of turtles is called a bale. I think he makes words up.) As we stopped and looked at them all quiet and still, I thought about the lessons we could learn from them.
- Sometimes we need a hard shell to make it through the day.
- Hanging with friends provides comfort and security.
- To get any place, we might just have to stick our necks out a bit.
- When the sun is out, enjoy!
- Even though we might hide beneath the surface on occasion, eventually we need to come up and breathe.
- A slow and steady pace allows us to enjoy where we are on the way to where we want to be.
Our little park is full of gratitude and lessons. But, as the turtles teach us, we must slow down, breathe, and appreciate. I hope you have such a place you can enjoy as well.
Until next time…. WOOF!
Thanks for coming back to my blog. You make me happier than biscuits!
My book, Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit, is still available. I share stories and lessons about friends, family, and fun. And I speak about purpose as well. (Steve says for dogs we might just want to call it “furpose.” He makes words up, I think.) The book holds a biscuit or two for you or for a friend!
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2 thoughts on “(#75) Lessons from the Turtles in the Park”
Roxie, so glad you have a quiet spot to enjoy. Jasper has one too in our neighborhood. It’s not a park but it’s a circle of houses on a private road with hardly any traffic and always breezes because the houses are on a lake. It’s all shaded from the many trees. A nice place to walk when it’s so hot.
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Jasper and I are lucky pups! WOOF!