I see you, acceptance

Hello and happy Sunday funday. [Blogged while changing phone cases.] I hope everyone had a fun-filled, fat Thanksgiving spent with those we legally have to call our family.

I’m sure everyone is longing for another tail (lawlz, get it?) about my three-legged prince. So I’m here to give the people what they want.

While Jake’s age is starting to show, he’s still kickin’. Which is more than I could’ve asked for a year ago.

Last fall, during one of our many visits to the University of Minnesota, my dad and I talked with the doc about amputation vs. palliative treatment. Leaving the room after our appointment, we weren’t even considering amputation. No way. It was just too sad.

But as we were waiting to pay for that day’s visit, feeling frustrated and defeated, a happy, energetic yellow lab came hopping through the door. Hopping. On three legs. With his tail wagging. I glanced at my dad (who grinned, as if he knew what I was thinking) and made my way to the owner. I asked her some questions and learned her pup was doing just fine on three legs.

Coincidence? Meh, maybe. But I chose to believe it was a sign from God.

Leaving that day, I knew what we needed to do. And a year later I have no doubt in my mind we made the right choice.

It’s easy to let challenging situations get the best of our moods and our minds. It’s easy to ask, “Why me?” And it’s easy to get stuck in a tunnel vision of negativity and uncertainty.

My pup’s journey has been incredibly hard. But there have been moments of validation that have brought me a sense of acceptance. The only thing is, we have to be open to seeing these things. And not only see them, but choose to perceive them as more than coincidences. It doesn’t make the situation any less challenging, but it can make the difference between defeat and perseverance. And with perseverance comes perspective and strength.

So be open to the validating moments throughout your own journey. Because after a while, those moments will help you believe you’re where you’re supposed to be. And that you’ll be OK.

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