Having Ray’s book released to the world has triggered many thoughts, not the least of which is how one’s life’s journey can change directions, in ways that could never have been predicted, simply as a result of specific circumstances.
If I had not failed my pre-career medical, I would have never met the girl that I married.
If I had never married that girl, I would have never come to Canada because it was her aunt that sold us on the idea and eventually sponsored us.
Many years later, if I had never been put on a special project by my employer, I would have never met Carol.
If I had never met Carol, it would have been virtually guaranteed that I would have never contemplated letting a dog into my life.
If I had never let Ray into my life, I would have never written the book about him!
If somebody told me 5 years ago that, in 5 years, I would be living with an almost 80 pounds dog who had been abandoned and carried significant emotional baggage as a result, I would have grinned and responded “Yeh……….. right!”
If that same person told me that I would do pretty much anything for that dog, I would start to wonder what they had been drinking.
If they then told me that I would write, and publish, a book covering the trials and tribulations of his first 18 months with us, I would be convinced that they were totally delusional.
Circumstances! Aren’t they wonderful? They can just happen, and our life takes on a completely new direction.
Circumstances! Provide us with incentives to step out of our comfort zones.
Circumstances! Offer us challenges from which we can expand our horizons and generally grow.
Perhaps we should all reflect on the circumstances that brought us to our current “place” and celebrate because, regardless of the positives and negatives of the various life-changing circumstances, they did happen and they did make us who we are today. As for tomorrow? There will hopefully be more circumstances.