While I brush and braid her hair Little Miss updates her daily calendar before we head off to school and puts up “cloudy and sunny” for the weather, I question her choice after looking at the clouds outside but my little optimist tells me she sees some sunlight trying to come through the clouds, so “cloudy and sunny” it will be.
Once out in the fields with Mizu I smile as it seems she was right and the sun was trying to make an appearance, the clouds had cleared, the sky was blue and the sunshine beamed down.
For me sunshine brings positivity and in the words of Helen Keller, “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”, which I think is how children view life and a great perspective to take. I recall a time when we were back in Japan and Little Miss was playing with her shadow as the sunlight streamed into our living room, feeling playful I couldn’t resist taking a photo of Mizu and I looking very slim and tall.
Stood in the middle of a field and feeling like nothing was going to get in my way today, I set to work to practice what I had learnt yesterday as Mizu and I had our first official 1-to-1 training session. When he was a puppy I took him to basic training which was helpful, but we didn’t progress much further with the training as summer holidays came and then it was something else which meant dog training got put on the back burner. However, a couple of weeks ago I dug out a business card I had been given for a gun dog trainer and our new training journey begins! Mizu is a family pet and apparently I am “too nice” during training, so I am not sure we will manage to train him to work in the field but thinking positive thoughts at least he will be more obedient and we can enjoy our walks together more.
It is coffee o’clock and wandering back to the car I am drawn to a bush that stands out from the surrounding greens and browns as it looks like sunshine…
“Even the sun directs our gaze away from itself and to the life illuminated by it.” – Eberhard Arnold.
Always seek out the sunshine in your life.