Yesterday's daily morning walk gave me more than exercise.
Finn was recently diagnosed with the first signs of osteo-arthritis or degenerative joint disease. Within weeks (even with treatment) his mobility has been dramatically affected.
For years we have walked together every Monday to Friday morning with our dog friends. On this morning, I suspected that we would be unable to stay with the group for the first time.
Within minutes we were trailing the group. They kept pausing to allow us to catch up. I felt the juxtaposed need of the group to move forward and Finn's need to slow down. A firm believer that nature walks are Finn's time, I checked in with him. He was willing and ready to do his own thing. I texted the group, now far ahead, to let them know of his decision.
The walk unfolded and as it did so did my lessons and understanding.
I was struck by the parallel of our lives, the need to make decisions and take action, no matter how simple or basic these decisions and actions might be. His choices illustrated a power of example, one of ease, grace, instinct, flow, confidence and presence.
Finn knew when to let go of the group. Finn wanted to make his own trail (he loves bush whacking) and proceeded his own way through the snowy woods.
Finn owned his limits. He respected his limits. We sat in the snow, watching, listening, breathing, resting and being.
He was comfortable to move away from the pack - to do his own thing - at his own pace.
The observations were not lost on me. The metaphor was clear. I could learn a lot from my dog.