copyright Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 8" x 8"
"Just...One...More...Stroke...And...I...AHHHHH! Got it!"
This is Striper experiencing that blissful moment of achieving a goal. The thrill of the chase is so much fun that he is going to take the ball back to shore to experience it all over again right away!
Dogs fetching tennis balls is one of the simplest illustrations of the old "the joy is in the journey" principle. The fuzzy little ball becomes the holy grail of any big dream and the swim out to get it is the challenge that builds strength and skills for the next quest.
When the dog can see the ball bobbing on the surface, they make straight for it and their strokes are sure and strong. Sometimes, they don't know exactly where it is, so they slow down and swim a more circuitous route until they catch a glimpse of it before speeding towards the prize. No matter what, the dogs are wet and happy.
And either way, when they return to shore, they beg you to start the whole thing over again by throwing the ball away from them as far as you can.
What is your tennis ball? Can you see it clearly? Does it only appear occasionally on the crest of a wave? Maybe the current swept it out of sight...are you going to search for it?
When you finally sink your teeth into your trophy, enjoy it fully before climbing out of the water.
Then go after next one.
This Painting has SOLD!
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