Jasper, my puppy, is already a companion in the workshop. Yesterday he heard me using the jeweller’s saw and didn’t much like the sound. The steel saw blade rasping against silver; a harsh, grating sound. A new experience.
I spoke to him, reassuringly. He settled down. I continued.
It’s all about learning. Learning what’s OK and what’s not.
He’s also growing – a type of change that just happens. He’s learning that he can reach further and leap higher. He’s learning that he can no longer fit underneath the unit that he could last week! He’s learning his place in the pack with our other dogs.
Belief Precedes Change
He also appears to believe that he’s invincible!
There are three small steps down into our garden. After only a moment’s hesitation, Jasper leapt from the top step – an excited, confident leap that would take him to another world.
He tumbled, rolled, picked himself up and had a shake. Sorted.
“Right, now what’s here for me to explore…?”
Next time, the steps were easier. He’d believed he could do it, tried it out, tumbled a little – but learned a lot.
We Grow with Change
In my experience, committing to change sometimes needs a leap of faith.
Acting on the decision to become a Goldsmith, to live in France, to do the things I’m doing – all this meant leaving various chunks of the future to chance. I didn’t feel completely ready, but have ended up discovering so much more than I’d ever imagined. I’ve dealt with some situations better than others, don’t we all?! I’ve felt more alive than ever before. I’ve grown.
Life is an adventure. For Jasper and for me!