The Lessons of Moo

The other day I was frantically rushing around trying to get ready to leave for the day.  I hate rushing.  Hate.  Rushing.  Normally, I am very disciplined about my time management.  I’d rather arrive 15 minutes early than even 1 minute late.  So admittedly my attitude was not the best.  As I’m shoving things into my backback, Moo arrives, and stands ON MY FOOT.  And waits, and waits, and waits.  I cannot dislodge her.  She wants me to pet her.  Snuggle, really.  And I oblige.

All of a sudden, my focus shifted from frenetic irritation to the moment I’m standing in, literally.  It was almost a physical sensation. I could almost hear the sound as my attention snapped back to the moment.  I let everything else go and I just indulged in enjoying the warmth and companionship of this remarkable canine.

As I was snuggling her I realized that there was an important lesson here.  Planning is all well and good.  Planning is a necessary skill.  It helps us find the time to do the things we need to do, so we can make time for the things want.  However, there comes a time when all the planning and time management gets in the way of enjoying simple pleasures; the feel of the sunshine on your face, the scent of the pavement after it rains, the feel of the skin of your partner.

Getting lost in a moment is a luxury, that costs nothing, yet gains us everything.  Getting lost in a moment is what our happiest memories tend to be made of.  So I will still plan but I will also make sure to have the flexibility and awareness to stop and enjoy the moments of grace the Lord sends me when I most need them.

5 responses to “The Lessons of Moo”

  1. Bear in mind that the extent of Moo’s lifelong obligations is pretty much to sleep, eat and receive massages.

    Isn’t this sort of contrary to the concept that “Discipline equals freedom.”…? I’m not actually certain myself. What say you?


      • Uh, okay first of all that wasn’t my point. I meant, if you are disciplined and stick to a plan, and deliberately include in the plan enough leeway that completing the plan leaves you with time to smell the flowers… Isn’t that different from interrupting your plan to smell the flowers…?

        Second of all, she’s not disciplined at ALL…! You could dissuade her from pretty much anything she’s engaged in with a hunk of cheese…!


      • Well that is true. Cheese IS magic.

        However, I don’t see that either technique mentioned previously is better than the other, on its merits. Deliberately leaving flexible time in your plan knowing human nature and its propensity for distraction, or interrupting your plan for distractions. Are you completing the plan either way?

        If you are, then I think perhaps it’s up to the preference of the individual (or canine).


      • I think you answered your own question in a way. Only one of the techniques did you describe with the word “interruption.”

        If a plan includes flexibility, then its deviations are never really interruptions. They’ve been accounted for beforehand, it’s been determined how much is tolerable, and when they occur you still know where you are in the plan along the way to achieving the goal at hand.

        Conversely, there is no limit to the amount of incidental deviations you may occur in the execution of a plan, and if left to entertain them arbitrarily, they may overcome the actual deliberate efforts that the plan requires.


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