Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Empty spaces




Empty corners of a room can be looked at with two main perspectives. One, they are lonely, empty places- brooding spaces of lost dreams and hopeless alienation. They long for the presence of a loving person to fill the void, and dust collects on surfaces that should have been polished by the rubbing of
countless children pausing there to laugh and tell of their day.

Or, they can be a place filled with anticipation and expectation. Great things are about to happen and we wait in anxious and excited exhaltation.

It is all a matter of perspective.

Yesterday, my neighbor Pam with the new little dog came over for some training advice. We don't necessarily do what it takes to train a dog, but we do know in theory what it is supposed to look like.

So we used Lucky to show how to work with a dispbedient dog. We had full expectation that he would refuse to obey.

"When you want him to sit, you should tell him once and only once. If he disobeys you just put two fingers here on either side of his rump, which is a pressure point and he will obey instantly. "

I knew Lucky would ignore us as he always does and is by far
the most stubborn dog I have ever met. So I told him to sit. He sank with alacrity to a sit position.

"That was a fluke," I told Pam, and pulled him up.
"Sit!"
Again he dropped like a stone to sit.

"hmmmm. Well maybe Honeybun will disobey. She often does though not as frequently as Lucky."
"Honey, sit!"
She too sent off smoke from her bottom moving so fast to obey.

Asherel and I looked at each other and said in unison,
"Nicole."
It was clear that the talented trainer at HCF doggy camp had had a discussion with our dogs while they had been boarded there all week. She had clearly impressed upon them that when she said SIT, they would SIT.

I think alot of success in life is probably related to expectations and perspective. If you expect good results, that is half the battle. If you look at the empty corner and see wide open spaces for dreams to be fulfilled, I suspect that is what you get.

Psalm 62:5
My soul, wait thou in silence for God only; for my expectation is from Him.

Nothing is impossible with God
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