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Saturday, March 10, 2012

I'm naturally an impulsive person. This impulse landed me in Austin, Texas and, though not as directly, to Spencer, Iowa. This impulse lead me to Chappelle, our first, highly destructive dog, and, again less-so, to our current pugs.

But I've realized, this week with Madison Power's story and with my own puppy-related experience, none of us has any idea what will happen tomorrow. For that matter, we don't even know what will happen in the next hour.

In part, this is where an impulsive nature can come in handy. The ability to make a quick decision. But there's a kicker: part of a successful impulsive nature is learning to handle what comes next.

As humans, we're given the ability to deal with consequence. An animal deals with life on instinct alone: see a runner, want the runner. It does not matter what obstacles are in the way. An impulsive animal doesn't have a peripheral vision.

We do. Our job is to deal with life as it comes, and it's up to us to make the choices that we feel are necessary to the situation. Some of them will be the wrong ones, to be sure, and that will bring on another round of decisions.

Here's the secret to it all: attitude. Madison Powers chose to look at her situation positively, and it wasn't easy. But once we do that, anything is possible. And we'll begin to notice that the impulses become more exciting the more interested we are to see the end result.

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