This week’s calligraphy prompt was something related to baby. As we have not had a baby in our family for many years, I could only think of our new puppies. So I created a baby/puppy related coming soon announcement. I had fun imagining the puppy paw prints that will soon cover our floors.

There is never a good time to have a baby. There is always something more to do, more to save for, more to plan for…more, more, more. The same applies to puppies. We have been talking about getting puppies for years, and putting it off until we thought we were ready. Our little babies arrive in about eleven days, and I know we will forget something. We are slowly accumulating the pieces we need, knowing there will be many trips to the store and veterinarian than we first anticipated.

So when do you take the risk, and when do you keep planning? What is the point when you are closer to ready than farther away, hence you feel prepared enough to pull the cord? This can apply to anything, not just puppies…moving, marriage, children, saving, ¬†retirement, travel, a haircut, maybe even starting to exercise. We all have things we want to do, to change, to acquire, to learn. Maybe the question isn’t are we prepared enough, maybe the question is what is preventing us from moving forward? What is holding us back? What is the fear that is controlling our thought process?

What is the worst that can happen? We all know there are horrible, terrible, overwhelming things that can happen in any situation. There is always a dark side to things, a harsh reality. There is the love and joy a baby brings along with the poopie diapers and 3am feedings. We have to be willing to take the good with the bad, otherwise we will never experience the joy of changing our lives. New and different always has multiple facets. Embrace the wonderful and the horrible, both are what makes this life an amazing adventure.


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