‘move a muscle, change a thought.’
In other words, when something is troubling you don’t just sit home, go out because something you see will undoubtedly alter your mood. If you stay put there’s not much chance of that happening.
As you stroll something sweet may catch your eye. A baby gurgling in its carriage, a dog you suddenly make eye contact will. I always want to say, “Have we met?” since they both appear to know me intimately. Frankly I think infants and animals pick up on your upset joyfully cooing and yipping on your behalf.
Just today a Golden Retriever and I had a serious petting session in front of my house. As I was coming out the door he pulled his owner toward me till she stopped.
It was as though he said, “Hey Susannah, how’s it goin, missed ya?”
His name was Rex who insisted on smelling my crotch and licking my face, in that order.
It was more action then I’ve seen in a while.
I kissed his wet nose before going in search of my patch of sun.
Have you ever been walking down the street when suddenly you feel it on your shoulders? Could be the dead of winter or an extremely rainy day but for an instant that unforeseen warmth is gently felt.
It’s such comfort when it happens since it reminds you that seasons change; things pass – good and bad, happy and sad if only we’d be patient.
It never fails to shift my mood which was very melancholy to say the least.
Another woman went by stopping to say how nice I looked. I saw a guy from the library who told me a book I wanted had come in. Vanya, the shoemaker’s wife, offered me a cookie.
In 5 minutes life got better just because I left my house.
I walked east toward the library when suddenly on the corner of Madison and 79th I felt the sun. I stood there basking, my face raised up allowing it to nourish every cell in my body.
It escorted me to the library where I retrieved my book.
I then decided to pull up a chair and have a little read.