In the spirit of Dickens “A Christmas Carol” Scrooge is visited by 3 ghosts of present, past and future. I love this book and movie, it helps to set perspective on life. Like Scrooge we all have things in life we wish we could have changed, done differently or relationships we lost. As in Scrooge those things can not be changed, however like Mr. Scrooge we can choose to change who we are. He made his future better and those of others; by seeing his heart and that it needed repair. As we sit on the eve of a new year lets endeavour to be more loving, forgiving, restoring broken relationships, gossiping less, seeing the good and therefore improving the world the around us.
So as I sit on the eve of yet another year. Reflecting and make resolutions for a new year; at Winters Wind we have done our reflecting in the blog post “Seasons” and we have made new plans for 2019! I love casting vision and setting goals; to ever change is to grow.
Making the changes here also means heartache. My heart breaks at every leaving of each young adult poodle that I helped whelp and raise. My heart is invested in each one and to say goodbye brings much heart ache and tears. Though I know that each has a loving home, and families that love them and will invest in them. I see a bit of my past dreams leaving home, the hope that I placed on each one. I relate it to my children leaving for college. It is an end and a beginning. End of them as children (thought they are forever my kids) and striding off into a future that includes their own life choices.
I am looking forward to more time with all those in my life; human and animal ;) To going to more shows and performance events. Change can bring us into a place of fresh revelation and new perspective. I know for some people change is scary. I think of the Indian Jones movie where he is after the Holy Grail. He must step out over a canyon, he sees no path yet still steps out in blind faith. The path wasn’t seen but it was still there! Kind of like making life choices!
“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
― Eckhart Tolle
So if you too are thinking about changes, whether large or small in 2019. Don’t let fear bind your heart. Set your sights on what you want to change and take that first step. You will find that the excitement and joy of exploring something new will have you wondering why you waited so long!
I look forward to seeing my latest puppies entering into the ring. I see great potential in our future and can’t wait to see what this year will bring and end with!
As Tevye sings from Fiddler on the Roof
“To life, to life, L'chai-im!
L'chai-im, l'chai-im, to life!
It gives you something to think about,
Something to drink about,
Drink l'chai-im, to life! l'chai-im ! “
Do you have a favorite season? If you think about that season, what is it that draws you into the Spring Rain, the warm, humid breezes of Summer, that crisp, frosty air of Fall or the romantic snow fall and warm fire of Winter? Life is like the seasons. We have the Spring of youth, the Summer of Adulthood, the Fall of being an empty nester or retirement and then the Winter of memories. Memories of all the seasons that came before.
I don’t know if one Season is highlighted over another. Oh sure, most folks would want to be youthful once again~but would you really? All those hard knock of life and lessons to be learned. Why do I muse about Seasons? Life once again has pulled back the cover to another season for us, here at Winters Wind. I would not call it the season of discontent by any means. It just another shift as we maneuver life’s path. Rob, my love and hubby was laid off this past August. For him it was a big change, a major storm in his Season. Funny, how life can throw us this curve and it reveals who we are at the soul. Over these past months we discussed so many options, prayed a lot and held fast to the anchor of our faith. After oh so many interviews, he had 3 offers…..none of them here! He finally landed on a job that at least was close, Chicago. Now the logistics of this arrangement hits! He lives in Chicago now 5 days a week. It’s his dream job. The one we prayed for and given!
My parents are 94, saw the Great Depression and my Dad served in the 82nd Army Airborne and freed the first city in France on D-Day. If your a history buff, the movie “The Longest Day” my Dad is the guy that fell into the green house in Ste. Marie Englise. He was Knighted by the President of France and Yes, I am very proud of my folks~best people ever. Here’s a link to the one of the articles : https://qctimes.com/news/local/clinton-man-to-receive-france-s-highest-honor/article_132d35ef-3ac3-5465-bdcd-5f67f1265f59.html
So as you can see, moving isn’t an option. Given this fact we decided to take a hard look at our life and where we are headed; as in getting older…..no one, at least not me wants to think about that :) After much seeking advise from trusted family and friends we have made the hard decision to revamp Winters Wind over the next few years.
A new season will emerge after the dust settles. What does the new vision of Winters Wind look like? We will be getting out of Parti’s by the end of 2019. Our emphasis will be on Standard Poodles in White, Black and Silver. This has been a really tough and heart wrenching decision for us. We love all our colors of poodles and they all bring something wonderful to the breed.
The plan is to continue our work in the Service dog world, showing and doing performance. Our Retired guys will always be in our family; Roux, Indigo and Luna. The next Season will be moving forward with: Izabella, Dream, Teagan, Seville, Mystic, Sterling and Misty. We will use Aragon, Drakkar, Zane and Mr. Darcy as our sires in the next few years.
I do believe there is something about building memories and moments. I want to spend the few years I have with my parents, as focused moments. Those memories will be my treasure box in the years after they have gone. I want to enjoy my life with dogs as well and can never envision a life without them!
I so look forward to the new families that will join Winters Wind and the families that are currently in our hearts. Thank you for blessing me with your love of our dogs and won’t the future be bright!