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It’s incredible what you will hear if you take time to listen; recently dad and I were coming through the Ozark mountains late at night. Up there, cell coverage is spotty at best, and radio reception has to be set on perpetual scan to pick anything up, and even then the best you can hope for in that neck of the woods is snippets of “modern” country(yark) or, even worse, “contemporary” Christian, rather soul-less facsimiles of the very real types of music from which they both originated.

In the midst of this musical wasteland, we picked up an unknown station, the rapidly fading voice of a rabbi talking about “pekudei”, the Hebrew word for counting, as in each person counts and is an indispensable part of the master plan. In fact,  he stated that he tells people to quote every day “the whole world was created for me in particular”.


As the Queen of the Casa, this is something I can get my mind around; although at first it sounds arrogant and egocentric, what I took it to mean is that we all matter, and all can make a difference. A person that feels like they don’t matter is much more likely to lead a life without meaning or contribution; why even try to better our own lives or that of those around us if we ultimately believe that we don’t matter anyway? What’s the significance of my one drop of water in a gushing waterfall?

While some might view it as a bit cocky, I personally believe that, as a dog that sees herself as the most beautiful thing in God’s creation while at the same time being humble enough to realize that she is still a small part of God’s creation, I will be much more apt to take my actions seriously, ensuring that I live a life that positively impacts those around me.

Which is why I take this page so seriously, at least until something fun distracts me, which happens basically every .314 milliseconds. When reading the writings of the great authors, Steinbeck, Twain, Voltaire, etc, it’s easy to get disheartened; why even bother? What can a dog say that hasn’t already been said already, and said better, and said without having to stop to go harass a squirrel or nibble my butt?

I have to remind myself that if we all truly matter, then I matter as well, as I’m an integral part of the greater “we”; as in “we be of one blood, ye and I.”

Join the discussion

  1. Liz Bell Dotterer

    We’ll agree to disagree on the modern Christian music, Charlie. Still love ya. 😉

  2. Marlene Petsche

    I love that beautiful face!! We all matter Charlie girl <3

  3. Christine Carr Reese

    I agree, we all count! And this world was made for each and every one of us. And we all have a duty? to do what we can to make it a better, more beautiful place for all!

  4. Red Maryann Cook Godbey

    Yes Charlie “we be of one blood”!!! Thanks for the stories!❤️

  5. Annette Eakins

    What a great picture Charlie Bravo – The Motorcycle Rescue Dog Story.

  6. Ann Ownsby-Scott

    Charlie, you look great……Love the pose. Yes, we all matter….well said.

  7. Darling Nikki

    You have a way with words Charlie girl!

  8. Patti Saunders

    Oh, Charlie……❤️

  9. Tonya Clark

    I read all your posts… but this one was exactly what I needed today. Thanks for helping to remind us all of what is truly important 🙂

  10. Vickie Harrison Getty

    What an incredible picture. What an incredible post. Thank you.

  11. Karen Ragle

    Wow Charlie Girl, you and I certainly agree on the music issue! That’s why I have returned to my roots, old rock n roll. Bob Seger reigns! Seriously tho, you are so right. We all count and there is a reason each and every one of us are here! We all just need to find our road.

  12. Cindy Moyer

    Love this website, the mainthing is to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord”.

  13. Christina Sanchez

    I was having a crappy day until i read this and realized just how much i matter to the grander scheme

  14. Sharon Durfee

    thanks for the life vest!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Pam Rollins

    Lovely thoughts. Thank you for the insight

  16. Rick Convers

    Beautiful Charlie! I’m going to share this great post.

  17. Mikki Calm

    Well said Charlie. Even making one person smile in your day changes that persons day! Kinda like what you do. Always! Thank you!

  18. Christa Harrell

    CB, you are a very beautiful little Queen!!!!

  19. Kathy Moody

    Not feeling the best today but realize that in the grand scheme of things I really have it pretty good. Your way of putting things in perspective keeps me hopeful.

  20. Debbie Colasante

    LOVE this pic of Charlie!!! ❤❤❤

  21. Lisa Taylor

    Thanks I’m sharing this with my girls

  22. Barbara Hill Myshrall

    Luckiest dog ever!!!! <3 God bless all of you!

  23. Shawn Suriano-Wellden

    Xoxo Charlie girl! Ur the best!

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