Author: Taycie Powell

The beauty of Continual Love

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It seems kind of odd to be writing about Valentine’s Day in April, but love is not just a one-day thing-it’s continual and selfless. I was given the perfect example of this while walking with my puppy on Valentines morning. It was a beautiful day, the ocean quietly sang and the whole world just seemed happy. I had my puppy, so I was even happier:) As I walked along the shoreline, I quite possibly saw the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen…… an elderly couple, seated underneath a striped beach umbrella. Two coffee cups and a dozen of roses. They were sitting there, the ocean breeze blowing back their grayed hair, looking into each other’s lined face. Breathing in the ocean air, the day, and lovingly doing it together. I have never seen anything so amazing on Valentines. They weren’t newly married. They didn’t have their “whole life before them”. But they had each other, and they took time to appreciate that fact. They spied my puppy……and somehow. I made their day even better. Puppies just have a way of doing that. People have always said that dogs have a way of knowing peoples characters, but I think that a puppy brings out the best in everyone.

People have always said that dogs have a way of knowing peoples characters, but I think that a puppy brings out the best in everyone.

Love should be selfless and continual. Not just a one day thing, but an everyday love. A love that says, “ I’m going to care for you everyday, and when we are old” A love that is forever.

A (not) walk on the beach

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I stood there on a sandy beach in Florida, the sound of waves crashing, people enjoying themselves, and the sun beaming down. And best of all, my puppy beside me. I’ve always been a pretty isolated person when it comes to being on the beach. When I’m on the beach, it’s chill time, and I just relax. My puppy and I were going on a beach walk….or trying to. She was making good progress on her leash training, but was still young. As we walked along, people kept coming up to us. Some of the conversations would go like this,

“Oh my gosh! She is so adorable!!!”,

“A little Puppy!!! This just made my day;)”,

“She’s such a sweet little puppy!! Can I hold her?”

I wasn’t getting a walk in, but it was ok. And that’s when I finally realized it……

Furry friends bring people together.

They bring people together in a way I had never thought about. They form a community….a bond….a common love- a love of undying friendship.

Dogs provide companionship, unselfish love, and true friendship. A friendship that doesn’t ask anything of you, but continually gives. I ask myself, “what would the world look like if we loved each other in that same way?”

I would argue that the world would be a much better place.

As I continued walking, I looked up at the sun, the beautiful ocean, and my puppy beside me, and realized…..that I was living The Golden Life.