“Be careful what you are wishing for” is a well-known saying pretty much everywhere in various versions. it can be seen as a warning or as an encouragement. Seeing it as absolutely possible that dreams or wishes can come true. No doubt about that as otherwise why should be a saying about it all over the world?
But what does it really mean? What can be wrong if a wish is fulfilled? Do we need to receive a warning to make a wish? I think it’s an invitation to have a look at us and what we really wish for. Do our wishes really match our needs or is it more a belief we carry with us that doesn’t fit us anymore? When we wish for a lottery win, is it really the money we ask for, or is the money only the facade for something else? Maybe winning the Lottery could not be in our best interest even in the way of the thing we actually hope to achieve with the win?
What consequences may follow behind? Can dreams be outdated? Do we actually know what we desire deep inside? How well do we know ourselves? Is it the money you ask for or is it the freedom to quit your job and move to the top of a mountain or learn how to fly? Do you actually need the lottery to win or could we achieve it by ourselves if only we try?
For a very long time, I wanted to have a dog again, but the circumstances didn`t match. When I questioned my reasons for it, the first reason was my grandson, as I think every child should have a dog in their life. Then I wanted to give a rescue a second chance again. Last but not least, I definitely need to be more outside, and require more motion, as working in my home office made me lazy and I don’t stroll or hike. I need a reason or a destination to go out.
I applied for several dogs at multiple shelters, but it didn’t work out. But I Believe in “tell the Universe” as this principle worked really well for me before. So I spread the word and told friends and co-workers about it. 3 days later, I received the photos from Odin. And from there on it went smooth as silk. 2 weeks later I sat on the floor of my living room and fondled him for the first time. Odin is 6 years old. He was rescued from a Russian killing station and only has 4 teeth left.
After just a couple of days I realized, he is my wish with a lesson or two in disguise.
He’s not my first dog, so I was aware of the impact he will have on my daily routine.
Going for a walk several times the day, dog hair all over my floors and clothing, planning when and how to go shopping - nothing unexpected. What I didn`t remember, was how much people suddenly talk to you, just because you have a dog on the leash. Very uncomfortable for an introvert, but necessary practice, which I would avoid otherwise. Or controlling my temper, or better be aware of my mood. Odin came from a puppy mill to the shelter so he is really sensitive toward loud noises, unexpected touches, and more. So to make him comfortable and bond with him, I always have to be cautious not to scare him and to have the right energy all the time. This is also the next step for my personal self-improvement and development.
I was warned, that Odin maybe doesn’t go too well with little children. A risk I had to consider for my grandson, and I also discussed it with Elias’ parents. We decided to take the risk, and still are very comfortable with it.
For Elias’ it’s a huge win to learn to respect Odin’s boundaries and to learn to read his signals. We already had a couple of situations where Odin wasn`t comfortable with him around or his approach. His bite won’t cause any harm as he only has 4 teeth. We are not taking it easy, but think it’s a lesson both have to learn. And so far they are successful.
Both are curious about the other, they want to spend time togehter. Elias is building up confidence and is no longer as intimidated when Odin growls as he was in the beginning. He understands, that Odin’s growl is the same as the “Stop” his parents taught him to say when he feels uncomfortable when someone gets too close or he doesn’t want to be touched.
So they leave each other the space they need, but are really interested and overall comfortable. My lesson: Patience, I was hoping for an instant click. But maybe it’s even better and more valuable for both.
So my wish was granted. More than that, I not only got a reason to leave the house and improve my health but have to face the challenge of small talk and patience. Elias got a doggie and learns respect and observation. Odin got a new home and learns to trust and be courageous.
When we go to the market or enter a bus with a lot of people, he doesn’t feel comfortable.so I figured out, that he’s much more relaxed when I carry him in a bag or a basket.
I’m still not sure, I was asking for a new purpose, but obviously, that’s what I’ve got. I think I also like the idea, he could also be my preparation for a human partner when it comes to being open to changes and compromise.
When it comes to my next wish, I definitely will second guess my intentions
Have a blessed day
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Bio: Ellen Hofrath-Stovall was born in 1965
She is living in Berlin/Germany
2 Daughters, 3 grandchildren
Painting since 2012, self-educated
several exhibitions in cafes and restaurants
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