Pausing for a moment in my parka and boots to think if I have everything I look out the window and I see Chances looking up at me through the door window excited. His whole body is wagging. I am excited to see him so enthusiastic for our walk. It is nothing new. He has been this way since he joined our family not even a year ago. His excitement to be with me never grows old.
I can’t think of anything else I need so I open the door and Chances immediately goes from upright wagging tail dog to sitting patiently but bouncing for glee inside. He is waiting for his treat. I noticed this habit last week. He was jumping for my hands, nipping and licking them looking for food. In that moment I realized I had been packing a peanut butter sandwich with me lately for our walks and he got use to them more than I did. Funny how habits form. Well today my hands are empty and since he is anticipating a peanut butter sandwich I want to get him one. He is such a good puppy.
I open the door telling him I will be right back. He looks at me and cocks his head to the side wondering what is up. He heard his name but I am not giving or doing anything exciting to his knowledge. I make a peanut butter sandwich and begin to head out again. Handing him pieces of torn bread as we walk. It occurs to me that I forgot a hanky. I need a hanky on my walks. Once again I tell him I will be right back and head back inside. After grabbing that necessity I put my hand on the door handle. He sees me through the window and is excited. Almost jumping out of his skin. He has a look in his eye, are we going now, huh, are we? I realize I need to use the washroom. I won’t go. I look into his puppy dog eyes and he is so excited. I don’t want to hold him back from his this moment any longer. These morning walks are the highlight of his day and I’m taking forever to get out the door. I won’t make him wait.
SMACK! Awareness hits me. I have done this before. I have held off going to the bathroom for Craig – not wanting to be an inconvenience – and I’m even doing it for my dog! The most devoted and forgiving being in my house!
“We leave the office and I stand in the hall thinking I should go to the washroom but second guess that because I don’t want take up any more of Craig’s time away from work. I hop on the elevator not saying much to Craig.”
Excerpt from Sunlight
When will this self-sacrificing end?! When will I stop putting basic needs of mine in second place? I wonder if I will battle self-sacrifice issue my entire life? Karma gives me this lesson to bare and I wonder what I did in a past life to require it. Noticing these little moments is the beginning of change. Flicking on my awareness switch two years ago has allowed more and more lights to come one. Albeit they are slower than I would like but I guess that is part of the journey.