“Thank you for being a friend, traveled down the road and back again, your heart is true you’re a pal and confident.” I was out of sorts last week, I had a blister on my toes, my newer runners were hurting my feet. My lower back was sore and I had a literal pain in the neck. A true Eeyore kind of day, “Oh bother…” I was out walking my friend Sam and he was jauntily running a head sniffing the tall grasses, he was having a carpe diem moment. Me, I was focusing on my discomfort. As I was feeling a twinge in my back my little buddy turned around and he smiled…yes, he smiled. His expression said “thanks Andrea I am having a GREAT time!” In that moment I smiled. My mood made an abrupt change from wanting to curl up in a ball, to appreciating the nice breeze and the sound the leaves made when they rustled. I was thinking about how green and verdant the grass and wooded area around me was, and that the bit of rain here and there we were getting, was making for a lovely beginning to summer. I have to admit, I didn’t note this change immediately. It wasn’t until I returned Sam to his crate that I came to the realization that for the remainder of the walk, I had completely forgotten my aches and pains. It is amazing what a good friend can do for ones outlook in the moment. The cute expression from that little pooch lifted my spirits and changed the remainder of my afternoon. This morning as I headed out to do a walk, I ran into my dear little friend and was reminded of last weekend and realized I had forgotten to acknowledge his lovely gift to me that day!