Many of you have been asking about Flash, my sweet and silly donkey. How has he been faring this summer and what's he been up to?
The answer is: he's doing great, and he hasn't been up to a whole lot - with the exception of his July escape into the yard. Yesterday, he received some extra love and attention from my sister's kids who stopped by to visit, and he relished every moment.
One thing I really appreciate about Flash is the fact that he just lives in the moment. He always seems happy, no matter what's going on. Long summer day? No problem, he passes the time by traversing the pasture on his meandering trails. Hot weather? That's OK, Flash hangs out in the shady woods where it's nice and cool. Flies bothering him? He takes a roll in the dust to ward them off. Flash enjoys treats given to him when they come his way, but he never stands there and begs for more. He loves being petted and will turn this way and that so you'll be sure and get the right spot, but he doesn't make a pest of himself trying to get more attention than you're willing to give. And if no one will pet him, he'll scratch himself on a tree branch, it'll do fine. Hey, if there's no grass, he eats leaves. Flash loves to bray for no reason....except that he's a donkey and that's what donkeys do.
Flash is happy with his lot in life....probably because he can't get on Facebook and Twitter to see how other donkeys have it. He has nothing to compare his life to, and so he enjoys the pleasures that come his way and endures the boredom with grace because he doesn't know any different. He takes each day as it comes.
Today's Small Thing is to take a cue from Flash and simply live in the moment.
Enjoy a small pleasure without wishing it could last longer or happen more often. Pass an afternoon without worrying about the future...just take in the sunshine, the puffy clouds and endless grass. Let today be a day which offers moments of grace, pockets of gratitude and opportunities for joy. Don't let outside problems or (comparisons to others) rob you of the chance to savor the multitude of little blessings that are all around you. Bray... or sing for no reason.
Ecc. 3: 12,13 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.
How will you live in the moment today??
It's time to get back to our weekly Company Girl Coffee time! It's been a few weeks since I last posted a link-up, so I hope you'll take the opportunity to stop in and visit the fabulous bloggers who join in. It is open to anyone who'd like to join in - please feel free to add your blog to the list! We'd love to get to know you.
Song of the Day: It's Always You, Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra