Duke

I had to of been 4 or 5 when my parents gave me the responsibility of raising a puppy.

I’ve always been comfortable around dogs so there was never a fear factor. I truly believe that dogs are angels and they were sent here to protect us.

I can’t remember why I chose the name Duke, who was a mixed breed, half Boxer, half Labrador Retriever, but that name fit him perfectly.

Every summer I was operated on to fix my birth defect and any time away from my puppy made it even worse.

I had to envision myself running in the fields with him so I could heal fast and go home. That was my secret, I used the power of positive energy.

That dog was my lifesaver, he had human traits, it’s almost like he understood what I was saying, I miss him dearly.

I taught him basic commands such as sit, lay down, and I even taught him how to shake hands with either paw, and he taught me empathy and kindness, yes Duke taught me those things.

Duke was my best friend, we had a bond that could never be broken, just the thought of him puts a smile on my face, I know he is still watching over me in doggy heaven.

Adapting

Being born with a birth defect(cleft lip and palate) weighing only 3 pounds and 9oz, blind in one eye, I’ve always knew how to adapt. I was humbled at the age of 4 when I looked in the mirror and realized that I was different. You laughed at me because I was different and I laughed at you because you all are the same. I never gave up, I kept pushing through, even after being bullied through elementary and high school. You do not have a disability because the biggest disability is one who has a negative mindset and if you hang around me long enough you will find that I don’t allow that energy. We adapt to our circumstances and we move forward.

Blessings

Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you.

Instead, pay them back with a blessing.

That’s is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it.

1 Peter 3:9 NLT

Transparency

Y’all, it’s been a very trying week to say the least.

First, a pipe bursted on my hot water heater, then my truck broke down.

I was trying to keep my mind focused on the positive but my anxiety kicked in big time.

How much will I have to come out of pocket?

Will I have enough?

Will my insurance cover the water damage?

I just took a few deep breaths and exhaled throughout my entire body, releasing all of that negative tension.

I’m looking forward to going on another winning streak, on to the next one!