I call her perpetual motion because I can rarely get a still photo of her. I have lots of pics of her tail because she's usually moved out of the frame by the time I click the button. This is Minnie Mouse, our now 10 month old cocker spaniel and she inspired my post today. You see, I was just about to sit down and write about the relationship between resistance and Halloween when she let me know she wanted to go outside. When I opened the sliding glass door she just lay there still...staring ahead. I looked in the same direction to see what she was looking at...and I saw it. A bird was perched atop the block wall and Minnie was contemplating just how she was going to get it. Just then, she took off like wildfire and, of course, the bird flew away. I watch her do this everyday. She knows that someday, she's going to catch a bird. And after each failed attempt, she shakes it off and goes on her merry way. Wow, what a revelation! For her, the journey, the attempt, the adventure is the thrill. What would she do if she actually caught the bird? I don't know, but she sure as heck has a good time trying :-)
Food for thought?
It got me to thinking again about a paper weight a friend gave me several years ago when I started a challenging new job. I look at it almost every day, and it does inspire me when I am nervous about trying something new, but it was sure fun to see it in action today when this precious untainted puppy took off after that bird. No one has ever told her she'll never catch a bird :-). What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? It could be fun to try, yes? :-)
Maybe we should have called her Confidence :-)
I've been seeing a lot of burning desires in clients and friends, then toe-dipping effort, a bit of failure, and then a shrinking back. What will happen if you just go full bolt ahead like Minnie Mouse, with a knowing that this time, you're going to catch the bird? Can you feel the wind blowing through your hair? Can you feel your heart racing? Are you excited? I am! :-) I'd love to hear your thoughts.