Dog playing on the beach in San Agustinillo, Mexico – Jan 2021
 Oh, the way the dogs
 tumble over the sand like
 rocks freed from the mountainside
 rolling, rolling, rolling
 too tired to keep going
 stopping to feel the exertion
 and the exhilaration of exhaustion 

This was the first in a series of poems I wrote while on holiday in San Agustinillo, Mexico last month. I love the freedom of the dogs there. (And, how over the past 16 years, the dogs have become healthy and well cared for.) They are a source of daily inspiration (and energy!). I’ve included a couple of bonus photos of the 2 dogs who hung out with Jim and I at our posada. This poem is part of an online collection I call Little Morsels of Delight.

Celeste joining a morning walk
Lucy wanting to know if we have anything tasty in our room

New Tricks

Me and Tucker, a dog who learned new tricks
 New Tricks
 I wonder why
   I keep forgetting:
    Old dogs can learn
      New tricks. 
 You’re not a shoe
   Glunked in a puddle
     Of squishy mud. 
 You’re like a kite
   Capable of rising
     High into the sky.
 Your dog showed you 
   How it works: 
     That time when he was 7 –
       almost 50 in dog years! 
 He could sit still and 
                  Let you comb his hair. 
 It’s the anticipating 
    Of the treat, 
      The little joy that emerges
 If you just push through.  

I wrote this poem to pull myself out of a moment when I was feeling trapped by my age. I feel fortunate to be able to remind myself that life is a playground, there is always something new to discover, and every day opens with new possibility.

This poem is part of an online collection I call All the Shapes of Joy.

in gratitude

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“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~William Arthur Ward

We just celebrated Thanksgiving here in the United States. I love this holiday – what a beautiful act, to be thankful for all of our blessings and the vast array of ways that abundance shows up in our lives.

How often do you pause during the day to appreciate the beauty around you? Like the color of the sky on a clear day, the architecture of a barren tree, the dove huddled on the fence as the cold wind blows? Like the way your partner laughs out loud, the way your kids run with glee, the way your pet snuggles with you? Like the flow that sometimes comes when your passion and work collide, the opportunities to make a difference for others with something as simple as a smile or kind gesture? Looking for ideas about ways to increase your gratitude – you might want to check out this post featured on IBM’s recruitment blog that I wrote as part of my work in leadership development: The Goodness of Gratitude: More ways to practice mindfulness and cultivate gratitude and appreciation.

What I love most about being grateful is how it makes my heart feel different. What do you notice about how you feel when you pause in appreciation?


* I took this photo in San Agustinillo, Mexico.


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50 Shades of Gratitude

With grace and gratitude