Monday, January 02, 2006

New Year's Thoughts and Wishes

The beginning of the New Year seems to bring with it the anticipation of new beginnings. It is as if the old saying 'out with the old, and in with the new' finds inspiration within each one of us.

That's how Daisy views her life upon awakening in the morning until an inspiration and a new adventure. The joy she projects to everyone she meets is handed back to her a thousandfold. With her quick step and happy grin, Daisy teaches us all a lesson on how to face each day with optimism, fearlessness and joy.

And she never quits.

It's as if she's an emissary from the Source. In this, the Chinese Year of the Firedog, Daisy's unquenchable good humour and fearless demeanor will keep her on the "A" list. Her owner, Margaret, herself a feisty, spirited woman, describes how Daisy has her "regulars", people who wait for Daisy to come into stores with her confident aura preceding her.

She brings good cheer...every day. She's broken her legs twice, I think, and through it all, she couldn't wait to greet whoever she saw, huffing with importance and self-confidence. Changes don't bother Daisy.

Her good humour always, is something I want to emulate. A grin, a smile, a shared laugh with a passing stranger makes me feel joyous, over and over. Daisy is a wonderful inspiration, as are all dogs with their loyalty and faithfulness and persistence in believing each new day is a gift from God.

I wish all of you a year filled with good humour and joy, even through all the inevitable changes...