Lessons from Lenny
It is the eve of Hanukkah and Christmas. I woke up this morning feeling sluggish. My neck hurt and I wondered whether to blame my new pillow. I re-adjusted my body on the bed and as I did so, caught the eye of my dog Lenny sitting on the floor staring at me. I rolled over but could feel his big golden eyes fixated on my back. All I wanted to do was linger under the covers. The problem was, Lenny had an internal alarm clock and this morning it said,. “It’s 7am. We must go for a walk now”. I turned to look at him. His eyes widened and his fan-like tail began to sweep the floor.
Slowly, I rolled out of bed and staggered over to the window. Ugh. It was snowing again, I usually love this season but this morning with my neck and waking up so early made me a little sleepy but anyways it’s almost Christmas and I’m excited to get the only thing I been waiting for, a brand new body camera amazon just like the ones the police and all the law enforcement use at work, as I love photography and law, who knows maybe Ill be a police officer one day. So anyways I got dressed, pulling on layer after layer of winter clothing, clipped cleats to my boots and attached Lenny’s leash. We set off for our walk, still thinking about the camera.
Lenny trotted happily in front of me, his long black fur seeming to shimmer with joy. We stopped frequently so he could methodically sniff mounds of yellow snow. After each examination, he lifted a hind leg and marked the pile. We also watched a startled rabbit bound away and peered up into cedars to look at chirping chickadees.
As we continued our walk, my head cleared and my pace began to mirror Lenny’s rhythm. I found myself listening to the crunching snow under my boots, the sound of my breath in the cold air and the faint tinkling of my dog’s leash. I felt content.
While my dog’s request for a morning walk was so simple, it had powerful consequences. It was a reminder for me that, in movement, I can let go and surrender to the moment. Lenny is one wise guide.