A Lesson from Willow the Corgi

Today was one of those days where I woke up frustrated.

I live in Georgia, and it rarely snows. When it does, it is usually a BIG DEAL, people talk about it for days, and stores sell out of bread and milk.

However, today, without any hoopla or advance warning, we awoke to inches of snow on the ground, and a driveway that is un-drive-able (I don't think that is an actual word).

As a planner, the unexpected is not always welcome.  The snow is beautiful, however, I had things on the calendar today, including a dear friend's graduation party this evening.

I had a choice.

I could spend the day bummed and frustrated that our plans have to be abandoned.

Or I could follow Willow's lead. 

Willow is our dog, and she is a year and a half old.  Before we got her last summer, she had lived in a kennel her whole life and had never been outside.

Today was Willow's first snow. 

This unexpected event was amazing her, which was evident as she ran and frolicked in the snow for the first time.

Happiness is often the result of perspective, and we get to choose how we perceive events. 

Willow reminded me that I could choose to look at this random snowfall in Georgia as a wonderful treat, and go outside and play, or I could sit inside upset that our plans had to be cancelled.

Life will go on regardless of my choice. 

However, my ability to enjoy this day, fully present as a happy person, is 100% up to how I choose to view the things that happen.

I hope that you are able to make a choice that lets this day be a magical one for you, even if things have not turned out as you hoped.