First coffee, then bitten by a dog

Say what now?

This past week I took time off from my day job to work on my business and also, rest. As we have already discussed, 2020 has been an interesting year.

On Monday, I decided to go for a morning walk with a friend, we grabbed coffee and went about chatting and enjoying the breeze by the water.

When the walk was over and as we were saying our respective goodbyes, I mentioned the science project our kids need to complete during the week… her immediate response: THAT WAS DUE ON FRIDAY!

Past tense.

My heart jumped!
F*ck.

I’m now walking home really fast. I’m concerned and I still want my kid to work on the project, even if he does not get the grade. I’m texting him.

Photo by Josybel Martinez

Distracted by my thoughts (and the phone) and definitely feeling the stress, I walked by a family that was also enjoying their morning walk.

The woman is pushing a stroller, kid seems to be sleeping; the man has the dog on a leash. Did not think much of it, we see this all the time. And, as many times before, when you walk by a dog, they tend to smell you. Again, nothing strange, it happens all the time.

Well, not this time.

The dog came closer to smell me as I walked by them on the sidewalk and then proceeded to go straight for my thigh!! The owner pulled it quickly so I only felt the touch. Adrenaline rush, but nothing else. Or so I thought.

When I got home and was able to intentionally breathe, I felt it.

There was a tiny hole in my pants.

There was blood.

There was panic.

The next hour, I spent it scheduling a virtual appointment with a doctor, getting an antibiotic prescription and reorganizing my schedule for the day.

Photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

It was a tiny scratch and I’m doing great (despite the lack of wine due to the antibiotics) AND we were able to get an extension to work on the science project, but…

Is there a learning here?
Is this a teachable moment?

What’s the learning?

that this is 2020 and I need to stay home?
that I’m definitely crossing the street every time I see a dog now?
that you can actually have a glass of wine while taking amoxicillin?

Or,

is this a reminder to be even more present in my own life… the due date of the project, the walk, the conversation, the dog?
that I need to be more mindful of my surroundings?
that I need to be in the moment, every moment, every time?
that I need to breathe intentionally and often?

What’s my story telling you?

I would love to hear your thoughts!
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(Also, if you are a dog owner, can you explain to me WTF?)

Tool of the week: Million Dollar Focus

“The world is always distracting, but 2020 has been the epitome of distraction. From politics to the pandemic, lots of things are going on in the world right now, and being distracted is hindering your business. We are so addicted to everything new, whether that’s in your business or your personal life, and we have to find a way to focus on the things that are most important to us and see the benefit in staying the course, instead of switching things up constantly.” -Rachel Rodgers, Hello 7 Podcast | Listen here.

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