Pain and Trying.

Joy and Triumph.

I have been thinking about those four words a LOT lately. As my friends prepare to go to AKC Nationals this week. I give you these words of advice I have come to realize in my last few weeks. When this theme has been reoccurring in my life.

Pain. One way to describe the pain I am talking about is this.

trouble, care, or effort taken to accomplish something
Its the thing you trained for. Its the one thing that goes totally wrong. Its the one thing you were least expecting. Its pain. Though no painful moment is left standing alone. The ride doesn’t stop there. Because right when you think the time has ended when the thing goes wrong. The trying comes in.

Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.- H. Stanley Judd

You put it to the back and you TRY. As my good friend Rafiki says!

Simba: Ow! Jeez, what was that for?
Rafiki: It doesn’t matter. It’s in the past.
Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Rafiki: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.

My friends have made fun of me lately for where I find my “inspiration” (they think I have a problem!). However, this was too fitting not to add. Remember good ole Eeyore? As down and sad as he was. He never gave up TRYING. He kept trying and trying to find a tail again. Even when it didn’t work.

Learn from Eeyore here!

Because you know what happens when you try after failure?


Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. – Helen Keller

Your Joy is always in you. Bring it out. Live in the moment. Move past the mistakes and just enjoy the feeling. Enjoy the ride. Have Joy in every moment. Things you can’t change will happen. Things you don’t expect will happen. Embrace them all with Joy. Then when the joy has arrived. When you truly are on the ride of your life.

The triumph comes.

Its not the winning or losing. Its the triumph of the moment. The moment of pure pain, trying, and joy. The moment when you did everything in your power. It was what you wanted the moment to be like. Even if you didn’t realize.

So open up your mind. Let all the emotions and learning flood your mind. Let the ride carry you to your moment. Wether that means you bring home a NAC or just the best runs with your best friend.

Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now. – Denis Waitley