Who knew a saliva-coated stick could teach us something about how life works…

When my dog was a little younger and a little lighter he was quite active. With a big open yard there was always plenty of space for him to run and chase squirrels. Every once and a while we’d play fetch with an old tennis ball or a stick. No matter where or how far I threw it he’d always find it, run it back to me and drop it at my feet, ready for me to throw it once again. Throw, run, gather, return, repeat.

Kind of how the Universe works.

Whatever we throw out, the Universe will go get it and drop it back at our feet.

The Universe, like my dog, is extremely loyal. And like my dog, the Universe doesn’t differentiate between what we want and what we want to get rid of. What we throw out is what it assumes we want more of. Offer the world your anger and disappointments and it will happily bring you even more things to be angry and disappointed about. Because, like my dog, it doesn’t know any better. Good or bad, it’s job is to bring back to you what you throw out there.

Life can be rather frustrating. Our unmet expectations clashing with our own version of reality. Our hopes and dreams delayed. Anger and disappointment lead to impatience, bitterness and pain. We feel justified in our frustration, which becomes the dominant emotion we radiate to the Universe, which, through it’s steadfast loyalty, is more than happy to go fetch us more of exactly what we don’t want and drop it at our feet.

Our feelings reflect our focus, and what we focus on always expands. Our emotions always do get the better of us and greatly influence our expectations for what lies ahead of us. Life usually gives us more of what it is we honestly expect to receive.

I’ve become rather good at monitoring my own emotions, especially when life isn’t turning out the way I want it to. I listen to how I instinctively respond to what is unfolding in front of me. Sometimes I’m able to respond from a position of strength, embracing my own divinity to rise above and keep moving forward. In my weaker moments I lower myself down to the level of negativity I allow the situation to possess. No matter how negative the situation becomes, at some point I’m able to see my own influence in perpetuating the negativity of the moment. Whatever my response, the Universe is always there to bring me more of what it is I’m throwing out.

Life presents us with its inevitable challenges, and when it does we are always empowered to choose how we will respond. Regardless of our choice, rest assured the Universe is ready.

The Universe is your dog, too.

It’s a great day to be you!

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