Valentino our 11 week old puppy woke me up half an hour early this morning. Not a big deal to most. But my alarm goes off at 3. So 2:30 AM feels outrageous! Not to mention he woke up 2 other times during the night on my husband’s “shift”. As I approached his crate, I could hear his tail hitting the metal. This equals a smile of joy in puppy language. I put him outside to do his business . He stared at me the whole time. I knew what he was thinking. Play time!!! Here’s that fork in the road I preach about! How do I want to view this situation ? I know we are both up for the day. Instead of being grouchy about getting cheated out of my shut eye time, I decided to embrace the moment. Puppy, Angelo (the 2 year old dog) and I played tug of war, chase and enjoyed the moment.
We all encounter stressful events on a daily basis. The event has meaning, but our reaction to it has power! We truly have choices on how we want to react. I prefer to take the positive path. The more I travel this road, the more natural it feels. When you get to your own fork in the road, take a deep breath and remember you have choices. If 2:30 in the morning can be turned into an impromptu puppy party, anything is possible!