At first, Jack was okay. He was his happy self, wagging his tail and bouncing from yard to yard. Right away he spotted his first squirrel. The walk was good. Then, we got to the end of the road. He stopped, glanced up at me, and waited for my direction. I led him on a different path to the Squirrel Park. The walk was slower. He was a little unsure. He kept pausing, looking at me, and stayed a little closer than normal.
When we finally reached the park his spirit lit up a little bit more, but there were still pauses of uncertainty in his walk. He didn't stray from the path like he normally does. Instead he walked forward and even missed a few squirrel sightings that I captured (I didn't tell him).
When we were about to the end of the park path, Jackson panicked a little. He ran into the field, looking up at the trees. Desperately seeking that squirrel. At this time, I was getting a little warm. The air was chilly today so I wore a sweatshirt over my cami. A stopped to remove my sweatshirt so I could tie it around my waist. I placed the leash in between my legs and continued to instruct Jackson to "STAY". Then it happened. He saw a squirrel. With lightening speed he raced off. Yanking the leash from my legs. I yelled to him, but he continued his mission. Jackson is a dog who has been known to run. He can't be left off the leash! I chased after him as fast as I could run. I would reach him, try and step on the leash, and off he would go again. He was nearing the big open field and I knew if he discovered the opening to that, the race would REALLY be on! I yelled "Jackson STOP"!!!! He paused, just enough for me to pounce on the soaking wet leash, pick it up, place it in my hands, and BREATHE.
What a bummer for him. He tried to run further into the woods and I gently pulled on the leash and encouraged him to continue on our path.
When we neared the road we needed to cross to return home, the confusion came back. There had been only 2 squirrel sightings. Normally Jackson would run across this road, but today he only walked. When we reached the other side, he paused looked up at me, and I led him in the right direction. Overall our walk was slower today, but I reminded him, that at least we took the time to take the walk.
As I was watching Jackson during our walk, I started to think about what was going through his little brain and it occurred to me that even though he is a dog,we can all relate to walking in a different direction. Taking a new step to hopefully embrace and accept change. The new direction can be scary. The new path uncertain. We begin with excitement of the "new", but when we realize we are unsure of where we are going, our intensity slows and we pause a little bit more. We look to those who we are familiar with and trust to show us the way. We have to learn to trust the unknown, move forward with FAITH that all will be okay and our destination will be what we have hoped for. We have to realize the path will not be easy, but with continued forward movement, our destination will come into focus. I have learned, and continue to learn that the destination will not "just happen". I have learned I play the part in making it happen, by choosing to be intentional about what I want and when that choice is made, I carve the path of how I am going to get there.
Here is where I am stuck. I am working towards figuring out exactly it is WHAT I WANT so I can make my direction and path more intentional. I feel like by my admission yesterday about bringing writing back into my life, I have changed the direction of my focus. However, I cannot forget, or let go of the choice to move forward with my Direct Sales Business. I WANT this business to succeed so deeply, and will continue to figure out what that looks like for me. It is through the success of my business that I believe I will experience opportunities to challenge and expand on my true heart and mind's passion. The combination of writing and leading my team, along with success in in my PERSONAL BUSINESS are SUCH a compliment to each other, and I think I just "thought" through my thoughts while writing...
I want to be a SUCCESSFUL TEAM LEADER with my company, train with intention and positivity, and reach and inspire people with my writings. THAT is what I want.
"You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight." - Jim Rohn