Fix The Day

Fix your day Mud dogs Fix The Day

Comedian Carry Snow said, “No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.”

Joyful Springers fix the day.  They know that one of the best ways to relieve stress and stop negative momentum is to chill out and take a snooze.

If you think naps are for lazy people, pooches, cats, little kids, or the elderly, think again.  Naps are for all wise beings who want to keep their energy levels high and their attitudes upbeat.  There’s no substance in the world (including caffeine) that can give you more oomph than you’ll get from a nap when the day is getting you down.

[Mandy (Freaky Beak) (in the foreground) is back, and she has her sisters (not biological), Chrystal and Cera, with her. Chrystal, the liver and white and tan beauty on the back right, is 13 years old; and Cera, the black and white beauty, is Chrystal's 8-year old daughter.  This lovely threesome belongs to author Mindy Mymudes, who tells me that Chrystal is currently proving old dogs CAN learn new tricks ... at 13, she's starting to do canine nose work.  Chrystal, you go girl!  Thank you to Chrystal and Cera for joining Mandy and being Guest Stars on The Joyful Springer. icon smile Fix The Day ]

Andrea (Ande) Rains Waggener, is an author and fanatical dog mom and a practicing Joyful Springer.

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Personify Grandness

Personify Grandness Delta Personify Grandness

We’ve all heard this line from Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade”: “In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.”

Joyful Springers personify grandness.  They don’t need a fancy bonnet (even though they may wear one from time to time just for fun) to be the fullness of their magnificent selves.

Contrary to what you might have been taught, stepping into your splendor isn’t being egotistical and wrong.  It’s actually selfless and right.  When you feel the confidence and power that comes from knowing that you’re glorious, you can far more easily step out and lead others in joyful, inspiring ways.  Being majestically you helps everyone else be majestic too.

[Delta is back.  Her momma, Joan, says about this photo, "I saw this Easter bonnet at [a fabric store] and immediately fell in love with it. In my mind, I could see it on Delta.”  Great vision!  Joan said she had to take a lot of photos to get this perfect shot, but her effort was worth it, don’ t you think? icon smile Personify Grandness ]

Ducky and Tim and I wish you and yours a very HAPPY EASTER!

Andrea (Ande) Rains Waggener, is an author and fanatical dog mom and a practicing Joyful Springer.

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Avail Yourself Of Padding

Avail Yourself Of Padding Muggins Avail Yourself Of Padding

Life can have a lot of harsh edges.  So we need a little cushion to soften our days.

Joyful Springers avail themselves of padding.  They know there’s no shame in finding ways to make their lives easier … whatever they can do to be more comfortable, they do it.

You may think that things like recliner chairs or high-end mattresses or massage cushions or feather pillows or down comforters or expensive walking shoes (you get the idea) are luxuries, but that’s not true.  Anything you can afford (and is legal) that makes you more comfortable is a necessity.  The more “padded” you are in life, the happier you’ll be.  And the happier you are, the greater positive impact you’ll have on the world.  So go ahead and get comfy.  You’re doing everyone a favor when you feel good.

[Like I said when I recently posted the picture of my dear Muggins, I have been sorting through photos.  I came across this one that Tim took of me (that pile of red shirt and hair is me) and Muggins.  He took this photo a year or so before Muggins passed away.  I was rehabbing from an accident, and daily, I did exercises on the bed.  Muggins usually lay next to me, but this day, she just put her head on mine and went sound asleep.  I stayed right where I was and just soaked in her warmth and softness.  My precious girl.  She's gone, but I feel like she's still that close to me all the time.]

Andrea (Ande) Rains Waggener, is an author and fanatical dog mom and a practicing Joyful Springer.

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Be A Sous Chef

Be a sous chef Mattie Be A Sous Chef

Most of us like to be lead dog, large and in charge, in control.  But not only does this take a lot of effort, it doesn’t always create the best results.

Joyful Springers are sous chefs.  They know that letting someone else take the lead is often the best thing for them; they’re willing to release control and just be helpers.

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and exhausted, you might be trying to take control more than is absolutely necessary.  Try stepping back from the heat a little.  Take off that big chef’s hat and hand it over to someone else.  You might find that even though that someone else doesn’t do things the way you would, the results are just as good, and the journey to them is much more enjoyable.

[Mattie is back.  Her momma, Brenda, says Mattie makes a fine kitchen helper.  In this photo, Mattie is helping her grandma prepare last year's Thanksgiving dinner.  icon smile Be A Sous Chef ]

Andrea (Ande) Rains Waggener, is an author and fanatical dog mom and a practicing Joyful Springer.

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Swerve Around Impediments

Swerve around impediments Ducky Swerve Around Impediments

When we run into barriers along our life path, often, we come to a stop and spend quite a bit of time doing one of three things.  We either 1. Rage at the barrier, expressing endlessly our anger about it; 2. Discuss the barrier with others, complaining about how unfair or wrong it is; or 3.  Go to war with the barrier, trying to destroy it.  We forget there is a 4th option.

Joyful Springers swerve around impediments.  They never stop in front of a blockade and try to defeat it somehow; instead, they simply adjust their course and find a way past it.

Whatever you focus on will grow in your reality.  If you put your attention on what’s in your way, you’re only going to make bigger obstacles in your life.  So when you approach a roadblock or hit a wall, try removing your attention from it immediately.  You’ll probably find that applying your will to a way around the problem will quickly create new pathways that will take you where you want to go.

[Look at Ducky go! This is a rare photo of her on the beach without a stick or a ball.  She was in pursuit of a bird, and she got so excited she dropped her stick. icon smile Swerve Around Impediments ]

Andrea (Ande) Rains Waggener, is an author and fanatical dog mom and a practicing Joyful Springer.

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Get A Mental Mohawk

Have a mental mohawk Butch Get A Mental Mohawk

When life gets hectic, and our days are full, it’s easy to let our mental focus wilt a bit.  We relax our minds and don’t bother to attend to our brain health.  Unfortunately, this kind of lazy thinking isn’t good for us.

Joyful Springers get a mental mohawk.  They take time to expand their mental capacities because they understand that their brains are muscles like any other in their bodies, and those muscles need exercise.

Of course you’re thinking everyday, but did you know that you often are just thinking the same things over and over?  If you want a healthy brain, you need to challenge it.  Two easy and fun ways of doing this are 1.  Try learning something new as often as possible, and 2. Do puzzles (visual, word, numbers … it doesn’t matter … it’s the attempt to figure things out that prompts your brain cells to “stand up”).  A lazy brain may get you through your day, but a sharp brain can enrich your life immeasurably.

[Butch is back, and he's sporting a new haircut.  His momma, Helen, currently has her hair in a "faux hawk" style, so Butch, being the sweet Mamma's Boy he is, got a faux hawk of his own.  The faux hawk, in case you don't know (I didn't) is a take-off on the old mohawk style of shaving all of the head except for a strip down the  middle ... faux hawks leave out the shaved head part of the look but have a strip of longer hair in the middle while the rest of the cut is short).  Below is another photo of Butch's new style. icon smile Get A Mental Mohawk ]

Have a mental mohawk Butch 2 Get A Mental Mohawk

Andrea (Ande) Rains Waggener, is an author and fanatical dog mom and a practicing Joyful Springer.

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Confess

Confess Mandy Confess

Mahatma Gandhi said, “I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”

Joyful Springers confess.  When they mess up, they don’t try to hide it or make excuses; they take responsibility for their goofs and strive to do better in the future.

One of the fastest ways to create problems in your life is to make a mistake and either keep it a secret, or worse, lie about it.  Nothing plugs up your energy faster than cover-ups of any kind.  To keep a positive flow going, keep your slates clean.  Fess up and move on.

[Meet Mandy, aka Muddy Paws Three X The Charisma NA, NAJ, CGC, CA, BN; aka Freaky Beak.  Mandy is a two-year old tri-color beauty from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She belongs to Mindy Mymudes, the creative author of the book, George Knows.  Although Mindy is surrounded by Springers (you'll see more of Mandy and Mindy's other two girls in coming weeks), her muse for the book was a Basset hound (and the Basset, George, has his own blog).  Mindy says that Mandy's sign is truthful ... Mandy is a fun-loving girl who steals socks and spoons and hides them. "I haven't found any of them," Mindy wrote to me, "I need spoons for my birthday."  icon smile Confess   Thank you, Mandy, for being a Guest Star on The Joyful Springer.]

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Serve Yourself

Serve yourself sweet pea Serve Yourself

Being of service is a fine thing to do, even though it can sometimes be a burden or a stress.  It doesn’t, however, need to be any effort at all.

Joyful Springers serve themselves.  They know the best thing they can give to the world is the gift of their authenticity and their enjoyment of life; they understand that their energy has a much greater impact than their actions.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by your service activities, your volunteering and any other ways you help others, remember that the specifics of what you offer are far less important than the attitude you generally put out into the world.  Know that serving others doesn’t require giving lots of time or money to “causes.”  Although these are fine things to do, they’re not essential to having a positive impact on the world.  The greatest gift you can give to anyone is being an example of joyfully living your truth.

[Sweet Pea's back. Her momma, Denise, wrote to me about Sweet Pea's pose on the table, "She 'springs' up from a stand still - no warning whatsoever as to when she will join us on the table. She seems to prefer this vantage point to scan the yard for the evil squirrels. When she spots one, she takes a flying leap off for the chase. We don't get to use the table for eating."  Oh well.  Why would you need to serve a dinner on the table when you have a Sweet Pea?  icon smile Serve Yourself ]

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Be Heedful

Be heedful Ducky Be Heedful

It’s one thing to be confident; it’s another thing to be dumb.  We often are so full of knowing that we’re right that we don’t listen to wisdom that comes our way.

Joyful Springers are heedful.  They are always open to new understanding offered by those around them.

Although of course you want to be your most important counsel, you can learn much from what others say to you.  Even total strangers can pass along tidbits that could change your life.  Try listening to everyone you interact with as if each person has a gem of genius to offer you.  If you do this, you’ll be surprised what wonderful knowledge will come your way.

[In this photo, Ducky, is "heeding" her Grandma.  Ducky loves visiting Grandma's house (she gets special treats there icon smile Be Heedful ).]

Andrea (Ande) Rains Waggener, is an author and fanatical dog mom and a practicing Joyful Springer.

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Examine The Grounds

Examine the grounds Mattie Examine The Grounds

Writer Frances Wright said, “All that I say is, examine, inquire. Look into the nature of things. Search out the grounds of your opinions, the for and against. Know why you believe, understand what you believe, and possess a reason for the faith that is in you.”

Joyful Springers examine the grounds.  Instead of throwing around unsubstantiated beliefs willy nilly, they do their homework to find foundations for their perspectives; in so doing, they never perpetuate ignorance.

If you ever find yourself regurgitating something you were taught to believe and you notice that belief isn’t exactly serving you, do yourself a favor and take the time to figure out if that belief is as true as you think it is.  You’ll live a more expansive and far more enjoyable life, if you choose your beliefs based on current evaluations of truth rather than old unexamined ideas.

[Mattie's back.  She's hunting lizards again.  In this photo, she has her focus on a lizard she's captured.  Her momma, Brenda,  says, "She is so proud when she does that!" icon smile Examine The Grounds   Below is  another photo of Mattie's lizard hunting activities.]

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Andrea (Ande) Rains Waggener, is an author and fanatical dog mom and a practicing Joyful Springer.

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