Weekly 3 Newsletter – 10/8/20

1 quote, 1 thought, 1 question

A little inspiration, a little education, a little thought provoking.

1 Quote:
“Begin challenging your assumptions. Your assumptions are the window on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while or the light won’t come in.”
~ Alan Alda
1 Thought:
The other day I was walking my dog at a grade school near my house .  We are there once, sometimes twice a day.  If you know Peyton, you already understand that she doesn’t need to be on a leash.  For those who don’t know her, she is the most mellow, friendly, well behaved dog on the planet.  As she and were heading back to our car we saw a couple with their collie walking towards their truck.  The collie was older and moving so I told Peyton to stop and sit and we waited till the collie was loaded up. We continued on to our car when the truck started to pull away.  As they passed they stopped and rolled down their window.  Before they could even udder one word, I felt a knot in my stomach and all my muscles tense up… I was ready for an argument.  I was sure they were going to yell at me about not having my dog on a leash or not wearing a mask, (neither of which they did either).  I WAS WRONG!  They asked me if I could recommend a good groomer because Peyton looked well groomed.  I giggled as I told them that I groom Peyton myself and could only recommend the groomer that my mom takes her dog to.  We exchanged a few more dog stories and went our separate ways.  As I got in my car I thought about my instant defensive reaction and it bothered me.  I don’t want to be the person that assumes the worst, is always on-guard and is instantly defensive.  This type of reaction is not the norm for me, but with the way things have become in our culture I find myself sucked into the divisive, bitter, defensive, scared, blaming, argumentative society that we have become.  I vowed right there to fight against it, to approach each situation with kindness, joy, a willingness to help and a willingness to listen.  I know I can’t be the only one that has felt a shift in themselves and I challenge you to pay attention to how you have changed and if you don’t like what you see, to fight against it.  We can be the change we want to see in the world.

1 Question:
What changes in society have impacted your life the most?
(ps – if you’d ever like to share your answers with me I’d love to hear them, just hit reply and shoot me an email)

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