When you find yourself on tilt and overwhelmed with emotions in life or at the poker table, mentally take half a step back and look at what you are feeling and say, "Hmmm. Isn't that interesting."The mere act of becoming an observer short circuits the energy to the emotions and literally changes it. Since energy follows thought, when you take the split second to disengage, you effectively remove the energy that is feeding the emotions.Even tho' it may not produce instant and complete relief, the power those emotions have over you begins to diminish. I suspect our belief system is one of the factors that cause the time delay… however, I'll leave that for another day.
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.
The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.
That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner 'til the end.
Please, understand just what this gift,
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.
You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.
So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.
And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.
I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.