Get muddy like the dog

A while back I splashed out and purchased some expensive walking/hiking boots, as I walk 3-4 miles a day with the dog in all weathers.

The boots are designed for hiking in mud hell with weather that creates natural disasters!

So really OTT for walking in light woodland in the UK.

However, when I first bought them, and for several weeks, I would say to myself ‘walk round that mud or puddle, don’t want to get the boots dirty or ruin them’!!! I found myself avoiding the kind of terrain they were designed for in case I spoilt them.

Then one day as I was about to avoid the mud swamp in the rain, I stopped myself and said ‘WTF’ then laughed out loud and jumped two-footed in with mud and water flying all over me and the dog. The dog was ecstatic, this her idea of heaven, laying in a muddy puddle and finally she thought ‘he gets it at last’.

Then it reminded me of how often in life we avoid getting ‘muddy’, letting go and just enjoying the moment based on fear. We hold back so much based on our mind and its never-ending repeating thought patterns.

Animals, especially our pets, can teach us so much about the joy of now and freedom that letting go can bring us.

Be in the moment and get muddy like the dog as often as you can.

The binner takes it all

Just having fun is something that we seem to not allocate time for often enough.

Today, my son, daughter and I spent about 1 1/2 hours trying to throw a tennis ball into the top of our garden incinerator that has a small round chimney on the lid, which we turned upside down.

We had to throw from the patio which was about 50-60 feet away (20 metres). So pretty challenging to be honest!

Once we worked out our individual techniques, we each started to get closer, until we were hitting the rim and on three occasions it hit the inside of the lid and bounced out. My best attempt spun round the inside rim of the lid and I was convinced it was going to drop down the chimney and into the incinerator. Alas, it spun off the rim and out.

Even our dog was in the game. She loves chasing the ball, so each time she fetched the ball for us.

Simple game, tons of fun and lots of laughs.

All of us just enjoying the moment and it’s freely available any moment we choose.