MORE RAMADAN REFLECTIONS
As Muslims around the world plow through Ramadan’s last ten days, I’m surprised to find that I am the most physically depleted I have ever been during this time. That’s saying a lot because I have been fasting since I was 13 years old. Is it any wonder I’m spent considering the times we’re living in at the moment? Still, I’m focused on being the happy traveler I am and learning something along the way, which is what Ramadan is about for me.
I have been bouncing around from calm to boredom to anger. Yes, anger. Watching leaders make decisions that make it clear that they don’t care whether or not the general populace lives or dies is unnerving. I always knew, but having the evidence in front of me is disheartening.
Through it all, I have been finding ways to be creative with my days. If there was ever a time for that, it’s now. I am writing a great deal, which is always a beautiful thing for a writer.
Teaching an old dog a new trick
Beyond that, I seek and find joy in the mundane. Since my dog, Edison is my quarantine partner, I have decided it’s time to teach him some new tricks. I take him to the dog park in my development to train on the agility course. It’s comical because I’m a lousy dog trainer, and my dog is as about as stubborn as I am.
It’s a challenge, but we’re getting there. He’s supposed to zigzag around the poles. Sometimes, he cheats and goes around. The more we do it, the more he gets it. When a treat is leading him in the right direction, he’s not as stubborn. As I watch him go through the course, it makes me feel like I’m not as bad a dog trainer as I thought. It’s fun for both of us.
While our stab at agility has been brightening both our days, I managed to learn something.
We went to the dog park for our daily training session, and Edison’s four-legged girlfriend, Sunshine was there, which is the perfect name for her because that’s what she is. She always has a smile and love to give. They played the chase game. When they took a water break, Edison did something he has never done in his life. He drank out of the same bowl as her at the same time without snapping at her.
It struck me because my dog is territorial and resource aggressive with other dogs. What may seem like a small action was massive. I don’t know if it was Sunshine’s charm or if he was just happy in the moment, but he shared with another dog.
It showed me when you’re in the moment like Edison was, you can do something unexpected and grow. It reminded me the magic that is life unfolds when you let it. When you put aside whatever nonsense is going on around you, life happens.
That’s the new trick my old dog taught me.
Until next time... look behind and beyond the veil...
Sameena K. Mughal, Author, Freelance Writer