Chihuahua Reaches Enlightenment
My sweet little dog, China, part of our current herd, had an awakening last week, courtesy of the neighborhood pond and a slippery bridge.
Just as the iconic woman who’s bucket broke leaving a puddle that mirrored the image of the moon, evoking her enlightenment, China, the Chihuahua, leaped from the slippery bridge toward what looked like a lawn, but was actually a small pool of the much larger pond, covered in duckweed to meet, not solid ground, but a swim or sink situation.
She wasn’t harmed. I immediately kicked off shoes, ran around to where I could wade in, if necessary, and urged her to the side where I scooped her up.
She was wet. She was smelly. She had duckweed and pond goo everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. Yet after a warm and lengthy bath she ran around the house in what I can only describe as complete abandon and glee.
Was it the rush of survival? The overcoming of fear? The pride of conquering?
Who’s to say? But as I watched her prance and yip and grin, yes grin…I thought to myself, “has China had an awakening moment?”
I’m fond of saying that the most precious, ecstatic, challenging and triumphant moments can happen among the every day happenings of life. And I think my funny little dog, China, proved that again.
I like the analogy of the slippery bridge and the duckweed’s illusion of solid ground. And I like that China’s mistake, leaping for what she thought would ground her, was not her undoing at all, but led to a true victory!
So I’m throwing this question out, and considering it for myself as well. What is your “slippery bridge”? Is there something you find yourself mistaking for something else, throwing yourself in that direction? Or have you fallen into something and now you’re swimming like mad to get yourself out?
In case you are finding yourself in a slippery, or uncertain place in regard to your relationships with your potential clients, might I offer you check out my upcoming class, Getting To Yes, Now? Over 4 weeks, we’ll be exploring the idea, that each of us must find a “yes” inside to hear “yes” from others on the outside; and how to get to that “yes”, both inside and out.
China, the Chihuahua, made a splash, both literally and figuratively, and turned a frightening and stressful experience into joy and delight. I believe we can all do that, at any time.
So if you feel moved, come join me in January as we do just that; turn out experiences “in the pond” with our potential clients, into triumphs.
Have a great week as we head into the season of Celebration and Light.
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