by Tom Swift

Do not lament what opportunities are closed but embrace the ones before you.

And give a bear hug to the beautiful ones all around you.

There are moments when the experience of Time feels palpable.

Snapshots from an emotional day:

Your dog squinting into the wind, his sniffer vibrating — an old man soaking in the sun, as you hold him up, head-high, to check him over, the clouds passing through the forever blue above you.

A few minutes before. Your dog sauntering in an old haunt, that unmistakable jaunt, his tail dialed to 12 and 2, 2 and 12, 12 and 2, back and forth with each step, the canine metronome, as he sips the world through his senses, absorbed and free.