I wasn’t exaggerating when I said November was a rough month for Team Shiva. As per usual, it was my least favourite month of the year and I am very excited to see it end. Now that we are on the other side, I feel I can be more positive. This morning’s pretty sunrise felt like a fresh start.
I am re-learning how to be grateful for the little things, like my dog’s brilliant stay. Just look at her standing there on that dock, her least favourite place in the whole world, simply because I asked her to do so. It’s moments like these that remind me the important things, such as my relationships with my family, will never change.
How is that for cheeseball sentimentality?
But I digress. What I was going to ask today – before I lost my mind and turned all maudlin – was how you all are doing with this week’s challenge? I hear someone has far surpassed all expectation. So far, in fact, that I feel I need to do something bigger than I originally planned. Something more exciting than, say, ordering pizza with anchovies.
There is going to be some stiff competition, folks! But I think you are all up to it. Your “new thing” need not be as life-altering as taking in a foster puppy, but I hope at the very least you have been inspired to consider things in ways you never have before. Because this is only the beginning. I have ideas, people. If this preliminary challenge turns out to be a success, who knows where we can take things?
Don’t you want to find out?
Speaking of challenges… It seems to be my year for them! The human of Mister Rugby Sevens has also issued one of her own. Every year around this time, she tasks herself with posting a new photo every day. The only caveat? The photo must include her dog and it must include the colours red and green. It’s a kind of holiday countdown. Fun, right? As I like to stress myself over silly things, I decided to join in. Normally I avoid displays of photographic skill, but I decided this one is less about talent and more about creativity. Since I am already one day behind, I’d better get on it!