Lessons from a Dog
My dog Angie’s death has reminded me just how precious life is. As I felt her last breath on my cheek, the grief was blinding. My God, how could anything hurt so much. But as I’m slowly starting to see the lessons there, I am finding both peace and purpose.

Angie has reminded me to love even more deeply than before. Love my family, friends, and of course my dog family. She reminded me to live in THIS moment, to embrace all the feelings of THIS moment – joy, sadness... all of it. Just as she did. To experience what is right here NOW, because it will be gone and I don’t want to look back and regret that I missed it. Even those bad-breath dog kisses. I don’t even want to miss those.

I can’t waste my “right now” thinking about what I SHOULD be doing. What I’m doing right now, is exactly what I’m SUPPOSED to be doing. Our animals have so many lessons for us, once we learn to listen and hear them.

©2014, Mary Lou St. Lucas

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Mary Lou St. Lucas is a former stay-at-home mom who has participated in custody and divorce-related support groups. She often speaks out through impassioned letters to local newspapers regarding issues affecting quality of life for children and families. She has experienced divorce, including the heartbreaking decision to give up daily contact with her two sons for what she believed was their best interest at that time, as well as the societal stigma attached to being a non-custodial mother. She emphasizes the importance of kids having BOTH parents in their lives on a regular basis, even if the parents cannot or will not be married anymore. She hopes other parents will see that there may be alternatives to the standard custody arrangements, depending on the individual situation. She writes from her perspective of today instead of revisiting and dwelling on the painful emotions of her past. She strives to live a full life in spite of a recent diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and believes a sense of humor is mandatory. mlstuff.blogspot.com/2007/08/male-bashing-t-shirts.html or E-Mail.

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