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What I've learned from my friend Jan.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

My friend Jan is riding her bike across the country. She's keeping a journal, which I've been following. Not only is she a great writer, but she's an inspirational one. Each day she records where she's been, who she's met, and how she feels. Her appreciation for the little things in life is helping me to notice the little things in my life.

Yesterday I was taking my lunch time walk. It was a beautiful day, but I was dragging and feeling sorry for myself. I was fat, old, tired and sore. Oh poor me. Then I saw him. I followed him for a little while, and tried to speed up. He slowed down a bit, and then I got lucky. He stopped for a quick break and I caught up to him. He was 11 weeks old, soft, brown and he liked me. Yes, his name was Meeker and he was a chocolate lab puppy. For me there is nothing more wonderful in the world than a puppy. His owners let me pet him and the encounter lifted my mood. I thought of Jan and how she appreciates everything and everyone she comes in contact with. So after I pried myself away from Meeker, I quit feeling sorry for myself, picked up my pace and enjoyed the rest of the walk.

So, if you're in need of a litte inspiration, check out Jan's journal, The Road to California at

or find a warm puppy.
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    I'm glad I found you.
    4103 days ago
    Just goes to show that you never know where you might find that little bit of sunshine in a day.
    4123 days ago
    I love puppies and even puppy breath.
    4123 days ago
    ps....thank you for your blog address....love your patterns. Sure appreciate the ideas...:)
    4123 days ago
    I have to agree with you completely....i just got my kids a puppy a little white border collie...with incredible blue eyes....his name is scooby blue...:) scooby is my sons favorite cartoon....:) and mine too..:) i have decided there is nothing better then the kids' deep belly laughs when playing with their new puppy....it seems to make everything else just not matter.
    I am glad you got to snuggle a puppy and enjoy your walk.
    4123 days ago
    Happiness is...
    4123 days ago
    Love your friends blog. I need to get me a Herman to ride with me, or a warm puppy.
    4123 days ago
    A warm puppy sounds pretty good right now!
    4123 days ago
    I Liked this. I have an ornery rascally cat that goes out in all kinds of weather, deep winter and everything. Currently he is parked on the floor , resting up for his next adventure. How I miss having a dog in my life . So seeing a puppy would be a lovely moment in my life too. I am glad you saw him today. When you watch a puppy you realize how differently they look at life. If we can grasp that even a little bit, it can make our lives easier and more enjoyable!
    You are doing fine. Just keep at it and I hope you see many puppies all about on your walks.
    4123 days ago
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