The changing seasons always bring a change in routines. The arrival of spring means washing windows & curtains, removing leaves from plants that provided warmth during the winter, raking & reseeding the lawn, and cleaning patio furniture. Our lives also provide us with seasonal routines.
Maggie, like most dogs, crave a routine. They feel safe & smart knowing what is coming next, or what is expected of them. Maggie always knew when it was time for our daily walk, when I was coming home from work, and when it was time for dinner. We could be in the yard, but at 5:00 she would nuzzle my leg and start walking towards the house- it was time to eat! Maggie would also show guests the door at 9 pm- it was bed time, they needed to leave.
Every season of our life allows us to choose a routine. We enter this world trying to understand all that is new, attempt to make sense of everything by providing consistency & uniformity to our lives, and towards the end- we reflect on our choices, hoping they provide some guidance & security to the one’s we will leave behind. Our ‘routines’ become our story.
To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
– Kofi Annan