My dog wants to go outside –
in the worst way.
She sits at the open back door.
For an invitation.
Every part of her indicates
her desire to go outside.
She does a little dance due to her urge to run.
Her tail demonstrates her desire to chase the squirrels.
Her nose twitches with all the smells that beckon her to
just step over the threshold.
The door is open
and yet she stays put, every part of her
desperate to run in the grass –
but she won’t budge from the
hardwood kitchen floor.
All because she doesn’t want to go out alone.
I get frustrated with her sometimes.
Just. Go. Out.
There’s nothing scary out there.
But she chooses to sit on
the window seat staring
longingly at the squirrels –
with the door wide open.
So inevitably, I step on the porch
to help her out.
As soon as my feet hit the grass
she takes off running like
it is what she is meant to do.
She races around
the yard at top speed.
She’s built for this
and it thrills her.
Every day I watch her pine
to do what she is meant to do and
And I’ve realized –
I am just like my dog.
Longing to embrace what I am meant for
but stuck to the floor.
Needing an invitation.
Some kind of assurance
that there’s nothing scary out there.
I am one of those people that needs company.
Remind me that I have
all the permission I need.
Please help me get to the grass
so that I can run like I am meant to.
The door is open but
I might need you to walk with me.
Otherwise, I end up
on the window seat wondering
what would happen if
I stepped into what I am meant for.
This might be you. There might be moments when this is you. There might be someone you love who needs a helping hand, who needs some encouragement to step into what they are made for. Go ahead and be that person for them. This is my goal here on this little bit of space on the internet – to encourage us all to step into all that we are meant for. Come back next week for more encouragement
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