Friday, 12 April 2013


©Emily Carding
Oh dear, for our last day with the Simple Wisdom of the Household Dog (Schiffer, 2012), we have a card that is quite literally Sad!

Albus Dumbledog lies on his side, head on the floor.  He looks distinctly  mournful.  My first response was to wonder what he could have to be sad about, given that a) we know he has a lovely family and b) he clearly hasn't been deserted as someone's there taking a picture.  However, I soon came up with several possible scenarios: his favorite person might have left for some time;  he might have been told off for eating the Sunday Roast; or maybe his family were all sad and so he's sad, too. 

Still, as Emily says: "Often the acknowledgement of difficult emotions can be the first stage in coming through them, so if you are feeling sad, allow yoursefl for feel it and do not feel ashamed."

I have no reason to feel sad today.  Perhaps, then, this is simply a reminder to consider other people's emotions and lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on, if I can.  A hug and a smile can go a long way :)

I am grateful for the happiness life offers even on the grayest of days.

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