Another year of writing about Maggie’s thoughts has passed. This year was extra special, because Maggie’s first book was published, ‘Paws & Reflect’. Maggie and I thank everyone for their kind words and support for making this book a reality. Maggie and I will continue to publicize the book on our Facebook page. A possible advertisement in a catalogue for pet supplies may happen within the next year.
The next few months will provide some opportunity to revise ‘Mama’s Bookends’; sequel to ‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’. After this, the last story in the trilogy will be my writing project with a personal deadline set for June 2019. After the trilogy is complete, publishing this as one collection will be my goal.
I am thrilled to have some opportunities to travel this year- especially with a new camera. I will increase my travel posts this year and into 2019. I will continue to send select travel blogs to magazines with the hopes of increasing my writing sales in this media outlet. Be sure to check my writing page on Facebook for pictures and updates on blog postings.
I made a change to my Facebook page, so please visit and like The Writings of Linda Massucci Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/lmmassucci/, or my website to stay informed. I will no longer have the Linda Massucci Facebook page public; this page will be exclusively for my family members.
Maggie and I want to thank everyone for a successful year with writing! Enjoy your summer! See you in the Fall!
Everyone has a time in their life when they come to a crossroad. The hardest decision is choosing whether to stay or walk away.
Maggie never appeared to worry when she made a choice to walk away from a guest in our home or go to a quiet room when a summer party got too loud. She always knew lamb chops were a good choice for dinner, and whatever was cooking on the barbecue was worth the wait to stand by the cook and stare with her ‘puppy eyes’ to get a treat.
Life sometimes places obstacles in our path and we have to decide what choice is best for us. We can ask family, friends, mentors for advice- but in the end, the final decision has to come from you. The results of your decision will affect you, and only you. Sure, walking or staying may impact the people close to you, but it is you who has to live with the choice- so choose wisely.
Maggie always knew if she was staying or walking away. Maybe the secret is knowing when you come to a crossroad in life and decide to walk away…it is toward something that makes you happy.
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The arrival of spring means cleaning windows, putting away bulky coats & snow shovels, and preparing our yards for barbecues & picnics. I find spring is also a good time for reflecting & evaluating the direction of your life journey.
Maggie always appeared to be thinking. She would sit on the lawn or in her bed and have a look of deep contemplation. Her ears would perk up for a passing hawk or rabbit, but then she resumed her pose. I’ll never know what she was thinking, but I admired her ability to just sit, observe and think.
As adults, our life is consumed with distractions. Maybe it would be nice to have a holiday declared just for thinking and reflecting all day. I created that day for myself when spring arrives. I take one day to think about my accomplishments for the year, things I could have done better, and the direction I want to move for the coming year. This activity seems to make sense with a season that begins the start of plants blossoming, animals coming out of hibernation, and humans making summer plans with family & friends.
Maggie was a happy dog. I like to think it had something to do with her wisdom to know the importance of everyone taking the time to sit and reflect on becoming their best self… I think the world would be a little kinder too.
Paws & Reflect: A Journal of Inspiration and Reflection
We all have those times when our life is flooded with interruptions. The secret to surviving these interruptions is reminding ourselves that nothing effects our destiny.
Maggie liked to live on a schedule. She knew when her morning walk would be, breakfast was served, and how long her afternoon nap would be before it was time to go outside and terrorize the squirrels. Sometimes, her schedule changed and we would have company, or an appointment that kept us on the road a bit longer than expected. Maggie would often give little nudges to me when she wanted to express it was time to go home. However, she knew no matter the wait, I would always bring her home and our daily schedule would be back in place.
The world tends to get a bit more complicated from childhood to our years as young adults and middle aged tax payers. As we enter the senior years of our life, we began to realize life is about interruptions and learning how to continue to live & grow during these interruptions. Our destiny is not determined by the interruptions in our life, but how we control these interruptions to keep our mind & spirit focused on our destiny.
Maggie never let life’s interruptions make her forget what her daily life should include for her. As humans, we should not expect anything less either.
‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.’ Thoreau
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‘Never Regret Something That Once Made You Smile’. The thought is so simple, but often very hard to do.
Maggie was always happy. She smiled while on our daily walks, sitting in the yard watching squirrels, and even when she was sleeping- I do think there was a smile on her face. Maggie had her fair share of disappointments, like when her favorite dog buddy passed away. Although, whenever I mentioned her friend’s name, she would look at me and smile while wagging her tail.
As humans, when something hurtful happens in our life, we tend to analyze why it happened or how we could have avoided the hurtful moment. The need to hate or blame something or someone often comes to the forefront. However, that hurtful moment may have arisen after some joyful and precious moments too.
Maggie missed her dog buddy, but she wagged her tail in joy remembering the good times with her friend. There will always be difficult times, but it won’t last long if you remember the happy moments, and wag your tail with no regrets.
The New Year allows people a time to reflect on the events of the past year. Although many may find heartache in a difficult year, or not being where ‘you thought you’d be at this stage in your life’, the secret to living is responding.
Maggie was always alert to her surroundings. I would hear her snoring in her bed, but the UPS truck would arrive, and before the doorbell rang, she would be at the door barking & claiming her territory. Whenever I mowed the lawn, Maggie would bark at me while she was sequestered on the deck. However, after realizing I wasn’t going to stop mowing the lawn, she would go in the house to avoid the noise & heat.
Most people are more than willing to reflect on their actions. The difficulty arises when one is asked to respond to those actions to help improve them self, or help other’s in their life. It is difficult to admit when your actions are not supportive to your mental health. Even more so when loved ones or colleagues are impeding you to reach your fullest potential in life.
Maggie’s reflection on an event always triggered a response. As humans, we need to focus more on the response to our reflections- it is our response that defines our character & the worth others will see in us.
Paws & Reflect: A Journal of Inspiration & Reflection
As the world changes and new inventions come along to make our lives easier, one thing will always remain unchanged- the desire for people to say what they do. Honesty…is this too much to ask?
Maggie was a faithful buddy, and obedient most of the time. On occasion, she would get into a little mischief. The temptation to chase the lawn mower, or chew on my sneakers, was hard to resist. However, whenever Maggie was confronted, her head would bow down and she knew she had done something wrong. She didn’t run away, or try to give licks & kisses, she was honest with her actions.
It is human nature to make mistakes. The best way to learn from a mistake is to admit the mistake. This process requires honesty, and honesty seems to be in short supply these days. It appears many people would rather keep spreading lies or denying their actions, instead of just saying what they have done.
The quality most people state they look for in others is honesty. I wonder why it is so difficult for people to say what they do, when it is a quality they desire from others?