Friday, March 18, 2011


 "I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.  This makes it hard to plan the day."
~Elwyn Brooks White

A friend posted this quote on 'Facebook.'  When I read it at first I smiled. Then I realized that there is a tremendous amount of truth in those few words. At least for me.  At least for Springtime!  At least for today.

I want to be out of my office enjoying the world, planting my herb garden, sitting in the garden reading a book not writing one, watching the birds feather their nests, being close to those I love.  Yet at the same time I want to spend my usual 12-15 hours working on PFHF/TADSAW, writing my book, trying to improve the world.  Or, if not the world then one warrior at a time, one patient at a time, one word at a time.

I continued reading my 'Facebook' messages and was stopped cold in my tracks, as I read one from Sam, a warrior receiving one of our Train a Dog~Save a Warrior Service Dogs this weekend.

"Thank you all who made this possible!  It has been a life changing event for me in so many ways!  It is hard to express it all.  'Luther' is such a wonderful blessing....the support...the trainer is so wonderful and caring.  It makes me feel so much at peace and in caring, trusting hands, surrounded by friends that are taking care of me.  God bless all of you involved..."

So suddenly, in not knowing which direction to head, improving or enjoying life, it occurred to be that in enjoying I am improving and in improving I am enjoying. And that took some coffee, or in my case Chai Latte.

So for today, for now, for Sam and Luther I am enjoying and improving from this loving place that I find myself.  I know what it is like to be rescued, to be cared for, to be taken care of.  And it feels good. It feels safe and it feels right. It is contagious and addictive! In reality I guess what it does is make me want to help others to find this place of peace. Giving back!

Whether assisting a warrior to leave the battlefield behind and reintegrate into society, to TADSAW's efforts to  increase public awareness of PTSD,  to rescuing a dog with a bleak future in a shelter, to putting a lid on some of the emotional damage caused by war, as I sip my Chai Latte I realize that I am truly grateful and blessed.

So for today is easy to plan.  I plan on doing both ~ enjoying and improving!  Join me....

"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."
- Alexander Hamilton

1 comment:

  1. I do not possess the words to express the thoughts and feelings the White quote and your article inspires. But, I'll give you one word: WOW! :D