Life just "is". During the course of one's life we experience love and loss, birth and death, great successes and failures. Inspirational messages tell us to just appreciate the moment. This one present moment right now and right here. We can't change the past and the future has not yet happened.
A little over a year ago I was snuggling with a different pack of four shelties. There was Birth/Death with the birth of Max and the death of Angus. Now I find myself facing another life experience. A "what is" I think back on all of Sully's travels and successes while knowing that his time here is limited. Sure we know everything born must eventually die but it is a different thought in your head when the alarm clock is set to go off at some future time and life is quickly passing by tick tock tick tock.
If I never lost Angus, I would never have met Max, It is interesting how life happens. Cause and effect. Each relationship we experience something different and learn from it. These dogs are gifts to enjoy , to learn from, to love, to share and eventually return them.
With such musings, I know now to appreciate this moment. This moment in time with the little sheltie curled up in the fold of my legs. I savor the soft fur under my fingers while stroking his back. I store in my memories the smell of his furring fresh washed coat. The relationship we have can only be built and understood over time. The places we have gone, the experiences we have shared all contributed to the synchronicity we have with each other.
As comfortable and familiar it is right in this moment, I know we must take from this moment what is offered and realize change must occur to grow, to experience, to love, to succeed, to satisfy until that moment when the clock stops ticking. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.