Discovery of Healthy Mind & Body

Archive for February, 2013

Lesson Learned


It ceases to amaze me, as an independent person, I am constantly learning. As the renowned Robert Hunter wrote and Jerry Garcia sang, “Once in a while, you get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if you look at it right.” For me, the light continues to shine. Just this weekend, I had visitors over to my home. As soon as they walked in the door, Onyx (fun loving pup she is) greeted them by jumping like a kid on a pogo stick. To my suprise, they stood statuesque…

I must have had a perplexed look upon my face because the little girl went on to explain that she wouldn’t “say hi” to Onyx until she calmed down and sat nicely. After a few minutes passed, Onyx did calm down and sat nicely. “Whew,” I thought. That was the longest three minutes I’ve experienced in a long time. I must have held in my breath as I felt my chest exhale and my head clear. It makes perfect sense: don’t give her positive attention until she is acting in a manor that warrants it. Lesson learned.

I’d like to think that I am learning from each and every experience I encounter. However, when a lesson such as this jumps out in front of me, I have to be grateful for the lyrics that spread their tentacles through my thoughts reminding me that I am never too old to learn. Scarlet Begonias.


Doggie Fun


As a single mom of a two year old tabby cat (Aprilily) I’ve had the blessing of adding to my family a 14 month old Lab-Pit mix (Onyx). This new addition to my life has not only created space for schedules changes, but also cuddling, playing catch, and just plain love! Throughout the first two weeks, I have to admit, I was a bit anxious, nervous, and frazzled. I thought to myself, “How do women do this with an actual baby? I mean a living, breathing human being?” However this past month, I have found, through patience and persistence, that I too can be a loving, caring mommy. I look forward to reflecting upon the lessons this wonderful creature will bring into my life.