As so many Minnesotans did on this gorgeous day, my husband and I spent the afternoon outside doing yard work.
After a while, the time spent raking, piling leaves, and pulling weeds in our large backyard wore on me. My back ached, I felt tired, and I was generally ready to resume my place as resident couch potato.
And then I looked over at my dog, Cosmo, who was on a long leash in the yard with us. He sat in the grass, soaking in the sun’s rays.
Suddenly, he started excitedly digging his little paws into a patch of fresh dirt. I’ve yet to see such determination in hole digging.
As my white dog slowly turned black, I couldn’t help but laugh.
All it took was a messy dog to remind me, man, I need to lighten up.
We humans tend to make things so serious—especially situations that have no business being so. Our heads spin with endless to-do lists and growing lists of grievances. But do we take the time to just smile at the great things around us?
A beautiful day outside with my little family, getting some exercise and making our home look nicer—how could I possibly complain about a sore back? Watching him traipse through the yard with such joy, I remembered just how lucky and happy I am.
It’s necessary to pause and reflect, especially on days when the sun warms your back.
Always enjoy the little things and let go of anything that’s not worth your energy.
Spend time with the ones you love and let them fill your heart with happiness.
And as Cosmo, in all his infinite furry wisdom, reminded me:
Sometimes, you just need to play in the dirt and live a little.
Writer, editor, and storyteller living in the Twin Cities.