The Tougher the Journey–>The Sweeter the Success

“They always say time changes things,

but you actually have to change them yourself.”
Andy Warhol
On Life: A puppy update…Harley Lou has been a challenge. She has a strong personality and battled us on many levels for the Alpha dog position. We made a few mistakes along the way, but researched when things weren’t working and made adjustments. I think we’re almost there. Though she fought it, she’s finally accepted her place in our pack. And our house is more peaceful. Oh, she’s still doing puppy things like sneaking socks out of the laundry. And we still have “highlight” items to work on like the new counter-surfing she’s started or how she’s decided to eat my keeper romances on the shelves in my writing space. But the constant day long fight for power is over, thank goodness. I think Harley has decided to keep us. Which is good, since we fell in love with her the day we brought her home. 
 “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.” — Danny Kaye
On Goals: And Harley’s my reminder that not all the things we want in life come easy. I mean, maybe someone out there brought home the perfect puppy and it was smooth sailing from day one. Or the perfect baby that becomes a perfect young adult with not a single hiccup along the voyage. That just hasn’t been my experience. But it’s possible, and yes, some days I’ve clung to this notion, that the harder the journey…the more bumps in the road…the sweeter the success. What bumpy road are you travelling? What goal is on your horizon seemingly out of reach, but you’re working like a dog to close in on? Some of those bumps are going to hurt. Sting so sharp you’ll curl up and away to protect yourself. Nothing wrong with that. As long as you get back up and continue on your journey. 

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
Harley at about 2 months old.

Harley today at 5 months old.