LIFE LESSON #2 – Walking with Molly


One of my New Year’s resolutions (like many of you) was to get in better shape physically.  So I thought to myself, what better way than to take my dog Molly for a walk each day, thus “killing two birds with one stone”, so to speak?  Now Molly is a 90 pound Yellow Lab who is fun and lovable, all muscle but with a mind of her own.  On our first outing I called her and said the word, “walk”.  That was all it took; she began jumping wiggling and barking all at the same time.  I managed to hook the leash to her collar and off we went.  Unfortunately, I forgot one very important thing:  the loop that goes over her nose so that I can control her.  She was never good at conforming to strict discipline, even though she did finally graduate from Puppy Training.  I should have known I would have a problem when the instructor at Pet Smart started referring to her as “Good Golly, Miss Molly”.  Well, off we went, her pulling with all her might and me trying to run fast enough to keep up.  I couldn’t help thinking as she pulled me along that life could become like this:  constantly being pulled along in a direction we might not want to go.  Whether in our relationships, our beliefs, our finances or our careers, it is easy to be pulled in the wrong direction or pulled faster than we are prepared to go.  We have choices:  we can either continue being pulled along; we can let go and find our own direction; or, we can gain control.  I have chosen to gain control of my destiny, and the next time I go walking with Molly, I will be the one setting the pace.


P.S.  I’m still mulling over that broken fingernail I mentioned in LIFE LESSON #1.  I know there is a lesson there, somehow.