The other day, I was thinking about how Trixie modeled never giving up. I wondered what lesson Tansy could teach me, besides give everything you do everything you’ve got until you have nothing left, at which point, you just recharge and do it again. I don’t know if I could do that over and over and over again. But another thing I see in her is boundless optimism.
This winter was a horrible winter. But every single day, when we woke up, Tansy was sure that today, today would be the warm and beautiful day she had been hoping for. Today, the snow would be gone and today the sidewalks would clear. For months and months, it was not to be, but somehow it felt like she kept that hope alive.
It’s the same thing with routes. If we have trouble with it, she doesn’t seem to mind us back-tracking and repeating things. She’s sure that eventually, we’ll score.
How I wish I could bottle that optimism. Sometimes, things at work or life feel like an uphill climb, and I wonder how to keep hope for the future. Tansy, how can I think like you? And how can I make sure that you keep thinking like that?
By the way, about Trixie’s stubborn determination…she has become a bit less so in her old age. Brad says that if a treat is a little difficult to get out of a toy, she’ll just bring it to him as if to say, “Dude, I give up. You got it in there, you get it out. I got the rest of ’em, you can get this one.” Funny how attitudes change. Funny, and a little unexpected.