Swans and Puppies

Swan in the Mosel river. Photo by Ann Peters

Good Morning, God.  You know, when I look at this swan I think of Apple.  Both seem to embody great design!  And there is something very attractive — appealing — in good design.

For one thing, it is sleek and clean — elegant.  Nothing extra.  Someone told me a good rule for dressing well is to get all dressed and then remove one accessory.

Hmm.  When I make my plan for the day, perhaps I should remove one activity. Or two.  But back to swans.

Swans, God, are not cuddly.  As I was looking at the swan I was thinking of how fluffy and cuddly puppies are.  Puppies you want to touch and hold.  Swans less so.  And as I have read that swans are ill tempered and inclined to bite — that is just as well.

Swans and puppies.  One represents our love of Great design– the other represents our need for Relationships.  One we want to touch.  The other we need to be touched by — to hug and be hugged. And that brings me to Virginia Satir’s quote about how we need 4 hugs a day to survive – 8 hugs a day for good health — and 12 hugs a day to thrive.  Touch is important.  After all, You made us with skin on.

Hugs are not preached on, are they God.  Somehow we miss the basics. How important it is to have family living close enough to hug and good friends who are hugging friends.

You, God, have done a wonderful job of designing us!  Please, Help us to sort through Modern American Culture and get back to how we are designed to live!  Connected to You and to each other.

Story teller,

Posted in beauty, connecting, connections, hugs

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