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Mindful : August 2019
m Audio Extra Listen to award-winning journalist and writer Steven Petrow tell this story as only he can. mindful.org/ petrow Age also took its toll on Zoe, with increasing frail- ties that included deafness and incontinence. One morning I woke to discover she had soiled her pet bed and herself. Such naked humiliation. Rather than resist—or attack—she simply went limp as I bathed her. Coming Full Circle After Jim left, I surprised myself (and the friends who knew our bloody backstory) by asking for joint custody. He said no. My divorce lawyer advised me not to fight it, pointing out that legally a pet is considered just another possession (in this case, Jim’s). In our separa- tion agreement, Zoe was listed between “electric salt and pepper shaker” and “red bowl.” There would be no bargaining here, only more loss and anger. I signed the agreement, which acknowledged that Zoe belonged to Jim. A few weeks later, I was shocked to get an email from Jim telling me his new condo wasn’t dog friendly. Was I interested in taking Zoe full time? In a Malcolm Gladwell “blink” moment, I said yes. That’s when I knew I had come full I’d have been blind not to see that what applies to four- legged loved ones also applies to the two-legged variety. circle, accepting her worst behaviors without trying to change them—or her. I’d have been blind not to see that what applies to four-legged loved ones also applies to the two-legged variety. I realized that my intention at yoga class— accept Jim for who he is and let go—had been more than a metaphor. For me, acceptance paved the road to separation and divorce, which finally meant being able to live without rancor and regrets. Thanks, Zoe. ● 72 mindful August 2019 voices “As an office-bound CPA, I felt disconnected and wanted a career change. MCS brought me back to my passion, enriched my life, and gave me confidence to embody what I’d learned - for the benefit of my clients and the world. Coaching is connecting, and connection is what the world needs - right now.” – Robin Olson – Robin Olson Apprentice Coach and CPA in Texas +1.505.906.6700 www.MindfulnessCoachingSchool.com Join mindfulness practitioners from around the world for lively and contemplative online classes and more. For coaches and non-coaches alike. Mindfulness Coaching School