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Day 23–Bridges of Sedona County–Watch out Meryl Streep!

There is a park just down the road and it connects with a larger park area that ends in a nice 1hour loop of a walk. However, in the larger park, there are two large steel bridges that go over what look like dried up river beds. I imagine in monsoon season, they may flood with water. Anyway, Toby is very afraid of walking over these bridges.

He sits at one end and will cry or try to figure out if he should run thru the brush and who knows what else. I have carried him over a few times to let him know that he will be ok if he walks over it. However, he is 50pounds plus holding Sedona’s leash, it can be rather an adventure. Oh, and did I tell you in the morning, Toby where’s a checkered black and grey sweater plus a down jacket because it is about 34 degrees. So it is quite a site to be seen.  Anyway, today was the day that Toby made it across on his own. I coached him along, praising him, cheering, as he walked slowly over the noisy metal bridge. Once we got to the other side his tail was high up (that means he is very proud) and he was excited. I gave him a kiss.

Toby needed to know that he would be ok if he crossed the bridge. Sometimes, we all need to know that. I held him a few times, other times I just let him decide if he was ready to cross or not. Then when he was ready, he did it. Sometimes, in life we all need to know we will be ok if we cross that bridge. Maybe some of us need to be held first then we can walk across it by ourselves later or other times we have to realize we can make the decision to cross or not and that makes all the difference.

Here’s to crossing bridges in 2012!


Since that day, with each time we pass over the bridge, he walks over it with more ease, confidence, and gusto.

About Joy Rain

Joy has been a diversity and inclusion consultant and mediator for over ten years. Prior to consulting, she was professor of Psychology and Women Studies. Joy has a Master of Arts in Psychology (Boston University) and a Master of Education in Social Justice Education (UMASS Amherst).


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