There are so many ways that we can learn through life experiences.  We can learn from a trusted friend or a colleague at work.  We can learn when we have little or when we have much.  We can learn when our physical life is challenged with health issues, or when we are feeling wonderful.  When life takes a turn and we encounter situations that are beyond our control provide times to learn.

Today is another one of those days that I have learned, but not from any of the above.  Let me tell you what I mean.  It involves my early morning routine that happens every morning.  I am awoken to my dog Monty wanting to relieve himself with first of all tiny cries and small grunts.  When he can’t get me out of bed by those noises, he resorts to outright barking, first with one bark, and when that doesn’t do the trick, he barks continuously.  Getting me up to let him out caused the next series of actions on my part.


I go to the kitchen and pull our a can of moist dog food that I then take to the laundry room and mix a spoonful of canned food with dry food.  With the mixture thoroughly mixed, I add the hottest tap water to the mix to allow the water to soften the dry food.  All the time I am doing this, Monty is at the back door looking to see that I have done every step to his liking.  You realize that if I don’t do these steps immediately after I let him out, he will relieve himself and then begin to bark incessantly until I let him in.

I put away the left over canned food in the refrigerator and let him in.  By the way none of what I have written about is what I have learned from him.  What comes next is the aha moment.  He finishes his food and then he finds me and comes to my resting place, sits down and says to me in his body language, “Thank You”.  This has happened over and over again for 10 years to be exact.  It doesn’t matter who has fed him, he goes to the person in charge of delivering his goodies and does the same thing.  He is a thankful dog and expresses it daily.

On this journey, there are so many things that we can be thankful for.  Expressing our thankfulness to those who help us is one way of not taking life and others for granted.  I on my part want to demonstrate this kind of action to everyone who touches my life.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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