That’s the only way I can describe how I’ve been feeling about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy who will be joining our family in a few months.
And I should confess, the adorable dog in this picture is not my dog. It’s actually one of the pictures from my vision board, and I also have pictures of pups like this one on my phone and lap-top screen backgrounds.
It all started more than a year ago when one of the other tenants at my office building introduced me to her Cavalier puppy, Millie. Little Millie was tiny and sweet, but she didn’t appear to know that she was small. She walked with confidence and swagger.
It was always such a treat running into Millie and her owner, Sandy, who kindly took the time to let me love on her puppy!
It was Millie who inspired me to begin thinking about the possibility of a new puppy. Until then, I just didn’t think I was ready. When our puggle, Penny, passed away in 2018, my husband, Jerry, and I weren’t sure we would ever be ready to open our hearts to another puppy.
But then… I met Millie.
However, it just wasn’t the right time in our life for a new dog. Our daughter was getting married that summer, and then a host of other big life events happened in the midst of the pandemic that made the idea seem impractical. We had too much on our plates.
Finally, as things started calming down, I decided it was time. I really, really wanted a “Millie” of my own.
So, I did my research, found a fabulous breeder with impeccable references, and our names were added to her exceptionally long waiting list. The breeder told us to expect a “late-winter or spring” puppy. And, although I’ve had to work on practicing patience, waiting through winter into spring didn’t seem too bad.
But, what we later realized is that “late-winter or spring” is the time when the new litter is expected, and not when the puppy will be ready to come home with us. So actually, we are expecting a “spring or summer” puppy instead.
And although I am not fond of waiting (understatement), this wouldn’t really be a problem. Except, we are planning on putting our house on the market this summer and a puppy might complicate our plans.
At least, that was my thought, and it led to a bunch of fretting. Eventually, I concluded that we should give up on the idea of this Cavalier pup, at least for now.
It just wasn’t sensible.
But when I brought this up to Jerry, this is what he said:
“After all we’ve been through together, do you really think we can’t handle moving with a puppy? You’ve been wanting this for a while now. Let’s just do it. If we keep putting it off, there will never be a ‘right’, more convenient time. We are two very capable people. This dog will bring us far more joy than problems. And, if something comes up, we’ll just handle it. Like we always do.”
Aaaah, such sage advice!
It’s amazing how ridiculous my brain can be, trying to protect me from what? The stress of a little puppy? Bananas!
I’m sharing this with you today for two reasons:
- I wanted to talk about puppies. (just kidding-ish:) Please stay with me!
- I wanted to inspire you to decide to take action towards your goals today and not let a bogus story of impractical timing get in your way.
Remember, everything you have in your life currently is the result of all your past decisions.
And so, if you’re loving your life right now, that’s awesome! Shine on!
But if not, then you must make the decision to make changes and then act.
If you’re feeling restless or discontent and know there are changes you want to make; I’m wondering how long you’ve been feeling this way?
Have you been waiting for the “right” time or the perfect circumstance to get going?
If so, I promise you, that’s just your primal brain trying to keep you “safely” tucked away in your comfort zone. But now that you’re on to yourself, you can call BS on that story, and make the decision to move forward today.
Because although it takes courage to go after your goals, the alternative can be soul-sucking.
You have only this one precious life. Don’t rob yourself of the things that light you up!
There will never be a better, easier, or more convenient time.
And when problem come up, you’ll just deal with them. Like you always do, right?
Yes, the perfect time is now, for sure!