29 Sep A moment in Maui…
A moment in Maui…
We have a lot to learn from our four-legged companions when it comes to finding eternity in each moment. As humans, we let stress and little things consume our daily lives, thus unaware of the beauty in front of us.
When we give ourselves permission to JUST BE, we can take our time and explore new things, like the dog in this story showed us.
We are getting really excited about our animal hospital that is about eight weeks away from opening. Jeff and I have put everything we have into this business…mentally, physically, and emotionally. After a stressful past couple of weeks, we found ourselves needing to come up for a breath of air. We landed our family of four on the coast of Maui to embrace its low key vibe. The beach is our “happy place” after all.
Jeff and I were chilling out in the sand while watching our girls play freely in the teal-colored waters of Kaanapali beach. We were deep in thought and collaborating over topics such as employee training, interviewing and customer service when our attention was instantly drawn to a Golden Retriever that had just arrived. Our conversation went silent, as though we were witnessing something for the first time. The connection between the pet owner and pup was JUST beautiful. We watched on as “his person” whaled a flip flop into the breaking waves several times for him to retrieve. They both seemed to be living in the moment. This must have been their “happy place” too.
After awhile the owner took to his beach chair and opened a book, with his pup waiting in angst for the next sink or swim mission. It was then that Jeff popped up from his towel and casually approached the excited dog. His tail started wagging and he immediately accepted Jeff’s invitation for more play. Soon, Jeff was living in the moment and the worries of the future faded.
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” ~ Henry David Thoreau