Welcome to a new year and new possibilities! To be honest, the possibilities have always been there. But whenever there is a “start” of something new, don’t you just feel like you are capable of anything and all of the previous muck has vanished? There is definitely a symbolism to the start of the new year and we were definitely ready to embrace it. So for our first full work day of 2014, Mr. Harvey and I hit the park to work in the fresh 80 degree winter SoCal air (don’t be jealous at all….this is not how winter should be!).
Now if you are anything like me, you tend to believe that there are signs out there that are attempting to reach you and make you come to some sort of realization or moment of clarity. I tend to go a bit overboard on the reality of these “signs.” (“Did that duck just wink at me? I think it’s a sign that I should buy that new camera lens so I can capture moments just like those!”) But most of the time, these moments of kismet happen just when I need them most.
It just so happened that while brainstorming at the park yesterday, I became extremely anxious and uneasy with all that I wanted to accomplish in 2014. I’ve always been an over-thinker/planner – trying to accomplish everything under the sun in a matter of months (most often, days). I became frustrated with my growing lists of goals for the year that I just had to stop writing, lay down on my blanket and breathe. Harvey sat by my side, licked my arm and, in a way, tried to put me at ease when I rolled over to see what I thought was a mirage: a miniature, white horse walking around the park.
This tiny horse was prancing along, in his merry way with his human by his side. You could just get a sense that he didn’t have a care in the world or a thought on his mind. He was just taking in the sun, scenery and splendor around him. Harvey immediately perked up, looked at me for approval to greet him, and upon my nod, bolted to say hello.
While I was a bit nervous that this mini horse may smack Harvey in the face with a swift hoof kick, his owner assured me that Unicorn (Uni for short) absolutely loved dogs. And within a moment, love was apparent as Harvey and Uni began to play in their unique inter-species kind of way. A sniff here. And face nudge there. They were a pair. (Thank goodness I take my camera with me wherever I go!!!)
So what’s the sign, you ask?
In moments of utter frustration and undue despair, just let the magic take over and a charming mini horse may appear to take you out of your funk and make you remember the simple pleasantries of life again. It’s really the “mini” moments that matter.
Thank you Uni. You’ll never know the difference you made in this girl’s life.
I hope it’s a thought full weekend for everyone!