Don't Lose Sight!

I once had a student share that she manages tough times by having things to hope for, and that really resonated with me. She described it as looking ahead to the next happy lily pad — what a great image.

As we trudge through what is hard, having one eye on something happy and wonderful not only keeps us moving in that direction but also shifts some of our focus to things that are positive. I am not sure it helps any of us to just look down at our feet when we are sinking deep in the manure pile of life.

That is why I always have goals, which are really just dreams that loom ahead sparking hopeful joy and serving as helpful reminders to put on the work boots and get busy heading in that happy direction.

I am needing to use extra Little Soldiers these days to keep one eye looking ahead because my training arena looks like this…

Those are jumps sticking up.

Those are jumps sticking up.

I have an intermediate goal of a draft title for Claire, and plan to enter an April test. I have been looking forward to it for months. The weather, however, has been less than cooperative…

Will it melt by August?

Will it melt by August?

People always think we get a lot of snow in Montana — that is not actually true where we live. Therefore, it was entirely realistic to think that I could train draft — off and on — through the winter.

You know what they say about best laid plans?!

When things do not go according to plan, it is tempting and easy to just give up. But then we lose that lily pad of hope! If I did that, I would be stuck staring at all that snow and feeling sad and disappointed. That doesn’t sound like fun at all.

Instead, I am digging in and improvising — hence the need for additional Little Soldiers. [Note: If the reference to Little Soldiers is new to you, please read THIS for clarification].

The cart is in the living room. This allows practice for harness/hitch, backing up, some tight turns, and stay.

Daisy, Claire, and Sparkle practicing a group stay.

Daisy, Claire, and Sparkle practicing a group stay.

And later today I will pack up the cart and the dog and head to Missoula in search of a deserted but plowed parking lot in which to practice.

All that snow is just a series of speed bumps...

Really BIG speed bumps, to be sure.

Really BIG speed bumps, to be sure.

Don’t let the speed bumps we all encounter turn into stop signs. Look down to make sure you do not trip but keep looking ahead at the same time — you have places to go and dreams to achieve, just like me.

Have a terrific day!

Family -- Dogs and Humans

Yesterday I was able to visit with Kathy and Jack in Salt Lake City — it was so wonderful to see them! That means I also got to visit with everyone’s favorite freckled boy, Zimmer (Sparkler)…

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And Miss Ava (one of the iPups)…

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It was so wonderful to see all of them.

We (Dear Daughter and I) also got to visit with the family, which means that we all shared the responsibility of playing with the two-year-old…

The goal here is to build a tower and then knock it over — again and again and again. Luckily for the neighbor downstairs, the blocks are rubber.

The goal here is to build a tower and then knock it over — again and again and again. Luckily for the neighbor downstairs, the blocks are rubber.

Apparently it was Take Your Niece to Work Day — who knew?!

Watch Out, World!

Watch Out, World!

And of course Berkeley had to visit “Barkle”…

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And then I drove back to Montana — the elk were EVERYWHERE!

The deep snow in the mountains drives the elk down to lower elevations in the winter.

The deep snow in the mountains drives the elk down to lower elevations in the winter.

And now I am back home, experiencing that sense of dislocation that happens with the continual transition between the different places that I want to be.

The snow level here is incredible — more than we have had at any time in the 10+ years we have lived here. It is beautiful but I am not sure how I am supposed to train for tracking and draft!

How is your training going??