This morning I received a great big dose of perspective.

I was on a long walk with my dog Hope. As we wandered and explored beyond our normal route, I was appreciating the quiet time alone with my girl. And it dawned on me how much the two of us have been through together.

Hope came into my life seven years ago, rather unexpectedly.

We’d just lost our dog Maverick. I was expecting to adopt a dog, not buy a puppy. But my husband, and the universe had other plans. Hope showed up and I knew as soon as I saw her it was meant to be.

She came into my life during a difficult time.

I was struggling with the loss of my dog. My son was battling depression. My father was having health issues. I was suffering from an undiagnosed health issue myself. And, I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue running my business. It felt like my world was crumbling around me.

Those all felt like really big problems at the time. But then don’t they always? We feel surrounded. It’s all we can focus on. Yet time teaches us that even the biggest problems eventually fade away or resolve themselves.

Things could always be worse.

While it may have felt like my world was crumbling seven years ago, today it feels like the entire world is falling apart.

We’re in the midst of a global pandemic, with no end in sight. We’ve had to give up many of the activities most of us take for granted. Life is anything but normal. In fact, most days, even after more than five months, it still feels surreal.

I won’t even get into the ugly political state we’re in. Suffice it to say our country, and much of the world, is a mess that just seems to keep getting messier.

I don’t know about you, but I never could have imagined any of this.

Not in a million years.

Yet here we are.

Of one thing we can be sure, life is unpredictable.

Maybe more unpredictable than any of us ever imagined. I know we’ll eventually get through this. Although I have no idea how or when, and I’m not sure anyone does.

Some say the world is experiencing a much needed reset. That today’s tragedies are shining a light on long standing problems that need to be fixed once and for all.

I suppose. And yes, I’d like to believe that. But no one really knows for sure. It’s not like any of us have a crystal ball.

Yes, eventually we will get through this and we’ll move on. Maybe not to the normal we used to know, but to some semblance of normal. At least I sure hope so.

But what do we do in the meantime?

I suppose we do our best to stay positive and focus on being grateful for what we do have.

I don’t know what the world is going to look like a month or a year from now. Hopefully for all of our sakes, better than it looks today.

I’m going to do my best to maintain perspective, remembering we’ve weathered storms in the past and trusting we can get through this one, too.

And, I’m going to trust that one day in the future, I will be able to look back upon this time as a milestone–just as I look back on the time Hope came into my life–from which I can see that despite all the challenges and change, life perseveres.

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