Five years ago today we said sad goodbyes to Lucas, the best dog ever. My sweet precious boy, when diagnosed with adeno carcinoma, had just one month left to teach me some of the most important lessons ever. Lucas knew these intimately and lived them every day. I am still his student. Five years later, I've still got much work to do. An encore re-post in honor of his sweet sweet soul, shining eyes and easy smile.
Things you've taught me:
Always show your deep love and devotion when someone you love enters the room.
When there's a crowd, hang back but be near and strong in your commitment.
Forgive quickly, easily and completely so you can love the next moment.
Enjoy absolutely everything you can to the fullest, and show those around you your joy - even at the simplest things.
Be free and giving of your love and support when someone you love is hurting and distressed. Come to them on their terms to help.
Keep playing, even when you may not want to, and show those who love you that it matters to them.
Come when you're called, no matter how you feel - and stay really really close.
Trust the ones you love the most will always return, even if you don't know when or why they left.
When they do return, be open and ready to make a complete fool of yourself showing them your love.
Jump. Dance. Smile. Wiggle. Kiss hard and fast.
Let your eyes show the full depth of your emotions.
Be gracious and accepting when someone tries to help, even if you really don't want it.
When you're scared, come to the ones who love you for comfort and support.
When you just need to "be", and you feel pain or discomfort, let it out, let those who love you stroke your head and love you up.
Approach each day as if it were the first and last day of your life.
When there's anger around you be quick to move in and offer comfort.
Live fully, beautifully and completely in the moment as it happens.