I Am Determined To Bark Less!

I have a little sign sitting in my kitchen that I picked up one day in the vet's office of all places. It's not a big sign but it caught my attention none the less because of it's saying. Very simply put it says Wag More, Bark Less. Now any rational person would jump to the obvious conclusion that the saying was written for dogs, but not me. While I am not totally cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, I have never claimed that I see things quite as everyone else does. I will allow you to be the judge if that is a good thing or a bad thing. My point is that I tend to look a bit beyond the obvious and search out the more obscure meaning in a matter.

Back to my point. Last November Jackie and I had to replace all three of our kitchen appliances; stove, refrigerator and dishwasher. We made the purchase at the local furniture and appliance store in town and we had them delivered and set up. While we purchased the most budge friendly units offered, ( fyi: that is politically correct wordage for cheap), I was thrilled because they were the first brand new kitchen appliances I had ever owned. The thrill however was to be very short lived as all three of them did not operate properly.

I will spare you the long and sordid details and let it suffice to tell you that while Jackie fixed the dishwasher, the stove, while technically usable cannot be left unattended because the surface gets incredibly hot. The did replace the refrigerator however the second refrigerator operates even worse than the original in that the freezer cannot be used at all. Well I might exaggerate a bit. It won't keep food safely frozen or make ice, but you can keep a half a bag of store bought ice cold. One morning I was sitting in the kitchen enjoying a cup of freshly brewed coffee and listening to the ever so soul soothing moans and groans of our brand new refrigerator which droned on for what seemed like forever. The longer I listened, the madder I got. The madder I got, the more indigent I got. The more indigent I got, well you see where I'm headed here.

About the time I had finished my cup of coffee and was just starting on my fourth emotion I looked up and caught a glimpse of the little sign with the saying Wag More Bark Less. I thought about it for a moment and then I asked myself, "Do I wag more than I bark, or do I bark more than I wag?". Initially I told myself without question I was a wager but something about that answer obviously bothered me because several times throughout the morning I revisited the question and more specifically my answer. Each time I re-asked myself the question the harder it was to answer undoubtedly because I knew I was not answering truthfully. Finally I realized as much as I hated to admit it, I was a barker! Yes sadly that's right, I had to face the cold hard fact that I barked far more than I wagged.

I have made several improvements in my attitude since that day and while I would love to tell you it was easy, I cannot do that. Seems as though it is much easier to become a Negative Nancy than it is to become an Optimistic Orthella and it seems to happen before you even realize it. The truth is I always thought myself a happy, grateful and optimistic person but it takes a conscious effort to stayed focused on being positive and maintain a good healthy attitude. God has blessed me so tremendously in my life and I have so much to be thankful for the last thing in the world I want to do is be ungrateful. I realize my life would be the answer to the prayers of many in this world and I don't want to ever forget that, especially over a budget friendly refrigerator.

Until we meet here again, I pray God bless you and keep your loved ones safe.