Same holds true for my dogs. With so many birds to chase, holes to dig, and bugs to eat, they were undeterred by the May cold snap. They know it will be short lived and are determined to enjoy every second of every minute of warm sunshine that they can until the bitterness of Winter is once again upon us.
If you've ever endured a Midwest winter, you've probably had the same experience. We longingly await the first crocus to pop through the melting snow, so we can pull out the grill and start cleaning off the lawn furniture. As soon as we're able, and the roads are clear, we start going for walks in early morning and begin daily outdoor activities such as bicycling, baseball, badminton, and bass fishing. There's something about fresh air, long days, and sunshine that makes you feel alive and closer to God.
Our long winters create an appreciation for spring and summer. For my dogs, the long winter creates an appreciation for dirt, bugs, chasing butterflies, and basking in the sun. When winter is upon us, they dream for spring knowing it means the enjoyment of time spent outdoors.
If you haven't done so already, now is the time to get outside. Tulips are blooming, the song birds are back, and the clouds in the sky are awaiting your day dreams.
Audrey Hepburn said it best when she said:
"I'm an introvert... I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking long walks
with my dogs and looking at trees, flowers, and the sky."
What better way to spend your day than outside with your dog? It's good for your soul.