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Welcome to GLADvent day nine! Yesterday we had the word Animals.

My closest animal friend right now is Oscar, a dear friend’s sweet natured old greyhound. I do speak to him, and firmly believes he understands, lifting his head so I can stroke under his chin, staying close and still for as long as I’m willing to stroke his back and gently tap his sides in greeting. In fact, as I write this, I become aware that I usually greet the animals before their humans 😉 Saying a hello and offering a smile…you know what, sometimes I even don’t even speak to the human! If they’re a stranger and don’t offer a ‘hello’ once I’ve greeted their dog, I will simply smile. Not quite sure where I’m going with this, but for now suffice it to say I love animals; and the bigger the better!


I rode a lot as a child, and horses are my first love. Recently I’ve had occasion to walk through many fields that are homes to cows, and a while back had a stunningly close encounter with some young calves. I didn’t speak outwardly this time, but rather stood very still and offered a silent welcome, until they approached me, and let me rub their foreheads, causing them to nod and sway with pleasure. In fact then there was a bit of jealousy and they all rushed me at once, so I had to slowly and carefully walk away!


And so, to the ninth stocking…but where…?


Great:-) Let’s turn over and see…


BEAUTY: “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

– Anne Frank

Now take a moment to pause and reflect upon how Beauty has shown up in your life recently. Beauty can be shy, so be aware it may be hiding. It can also take many forms, so use all your senses and ‘antennae’ – not just your eyes.


Nine stockings turned and we’re about to hit double figures! 😉 Hope to see you tomorrow for number 10.

Do continue to share your thoughts and reflections in the comments section below as you wish…