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Posted on Dec 9, 2013 in My Journey | 6 comments

Having It Both Ways

Photo credit: A. Lillie

Photo credit: A. Lillie

My dog has taught me many valuable lessons.  This week, we had a new one.

We are struggling with each other over boots.

The record low temperatures have me putting his boots on every time we go out for a walk. He hates them.  I can understand this, since he uses his feet to feel the ground as he walks.  It looks pretty funny to watch him trying to shake them off each foot every step he takes.  It’s not funny how frustrated he gets with these boots, and they prevent him from doing those outdoor tasks he needs to perform.  Without the boots, he is in real pain and at risk for frostbite.  When he goes out bootless, he tries to walk with as few feet touching the ground as possible. This would be funny if it didn’t worry me so much.

Short of learning to fly, he has two choices, boots or no boots.  He can’t have it both ways.

This has me thinking about my own choices.

  • I would like to be more fit, but don’t want to do the work to increase my activity many days.
  • I would like to have more time to relax, but don’t like to say no to people.
  • I want to save money, but also love to travel.

I have been able to get around some of these limitations by increasing activity for everyday tasks, limiting the evenings I go out to help prioritize what activities to say yes to, looking for bargains.

But sometimes it boils down to boots or no boots.

How do you handle these choices in your life?

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  1. What an interesting post. You have said a lot in a very concise way. I’m afraid that I don’t have any great wisdom to share on this puzzling question. Of course it’s a matter of priorities, but that doesn’t seem to always help. How about if we add more hours to the day … if only!

    • It is a common issue, but seems to require frequent reminders for me!
      I would love to be able to explain this to my dog, but he is a creature of the moment. Giving him treats allows me to put the boots on him, but he still resents walking in them.

  2. Excellent points and things many of us struggle with. For travel, we’ve been taking more day trips – which surprisingly feel like mini-vacations.

    As to saying no to people, I’ve noticed I get really stressed if I’m out too many evenings a week. Recently I just started being honest and telling people that, asking if I can reschedule for a less busy time. So far it’s worked pretty well.

    I still hate exercising though so have no solution to that one!

    • Great advice! It’s hard to remember to plan for some quiet time, even if it is one night without a schedule, or a day trip on the weekend. It makes a big difference. Also hard to remember that exercise helps de-stress when it’s cold outside in the morning!

  3. Reminds me of one of my favorite movie quote: “You make your own choices, you pay your own prices” (from BOUND, the 1st movie directed by the Wachowskis brothers).

    • So true. Maybe taking the first step in the right direction makes the next one easier, too. It was so impressive to see a whole group of people making the same choice.

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