The Big Old Dog is Moving In

Happy New Years to all of you. May this coming year bring you all you need and more.

Why the little homage to George Thorogood and his lyrics? I just wanted to share how my wife and I woke up this January 1st morning at a little before 8:am. When I went to bed last night I noticed (how can you miss) that our 30 pound plus Corgi, Rocky, was lying in bed next to my wife. He always gets off in the middle of the night…wrong. He slept there all night and gave me little room to move. Seems ok, no harm no foul and the little guy gets a little extra hugs during the night.

Here is the little problem. We also have an 85 pound plus German Shepherd (that we rescued from the Westside German Shepherd Rescue in Los Angeles), Oso, that roams the house. When Oso wants attention, he wants attention. When he noticed there was no Rocky roaming the floors with him he joined us on the bed at about 7:45 wanting his own brand of belly rubbing loving. There is NO mistaking a German Shepherd jumping up on your bed. Thank god that his paws were not muddy, but I got to tell was really such a cool experience. What a perfect family moment. (Where are the boys you ask? they were accounted for..just not at our house, and if they were there would be no way they would be up before 8 on a New Year’s morning.)

We all know that this is the time of the year for those infamous New Year’s Resolutions…your goals and desires that you give yourself permission to fail on since they are only resolutions. If you have been reading my blogs you know that I have made a pretty solid commitment to eating better, consistent exercise and a healthy lifestyle. My resolution this year expands on a healthy lifestyle so here goes.


Many years ago I had a wise man come into my life…one Michael Rocchio. He taught me perhaps the most difficult lesson in human relations. He told me we spend most of our time dealing with other people’s garbage instead of dealing with what good they have to offer. Seems simple….right? Not so fast. I have found that this is still the hardest thing for me to do in life. Let me put it another way. If you think about most of the conflicts, disappointments or issues you have had with other people in your life I think you would find that most of them arise because the other person did not do something the way you would have done it or wanted it done. And I still have problems getting over these issues even though I have had a mentor tell me otherwise. So my resolution deals with my MENTAL HEALTH, something that cannot be removed from a healthy lifestyle. And when I do fail to follow it, I have to learn to forgive myself and get back to the basics of trying to make everyone around me happier.

Once again, wishing you peace and prosperity in the coming year…

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