What you may not see in the picture below is that ”Bruce” is holding three toys in his mouth. You will notice that “Skippyjon” standing next to him has none. Bruce was so busy during play time trying to gather all of the toys away from the other dogs, and he finally succeeded. What he did not succeed in doing was being able to enjoy the toys. Every time he tried to play with one he would drop the others and the other dogs would then get them. So he was finally only able to stand there, happy that he had all the toys, but not able to enjoy any of them.

When was the last time you were really content? Absolutely content to sit, enjoy, appreciate, and marvel at what you have, who you are, and where you are at any given moment. It is a rarity in this day and age to not feel the need to have more, to have better, to be better.

The smalles things can bring us discontent. From the store being out of our favorite brand, to theold car that we are still have to be driving, to the grass that looks greener...

Maybe we could take a lesson from Bruce. Could we slow down, simplify, and enjoy what we have and the road we are on? Do we need to lose joy as we struggle to gather up all the “toys” we possibly can? I don’t think so. Thankfully it is possible to take time and attune to what is truly important.

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