Living a scene from 101 Dalmatians

If you have kids, or have been a kid, you are no doubt familiar with the 1961 (or 1996) Disney movie 101 Dalmatians. The suspense heightens as 15 spotted puppies are kidnapped by the dastardly, Cruella De Vil. Parents Pongo and Perdita realize the humans are unable to recover their offspring and turn to London’s canine population for help. Pongo calls it the “Twilight Bark.” One dog barks, a few doors down another responds, and so on and so on until the entire city’s dog population is enlisted in the search.

What does a 1961 movie have to do with resiliency? Energy. I recently had my own life experience of the Twilight Bark, reminding me of neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor’s reminder – be responsible for the energy you bring into the room.

I usually walk the dogs pretty early in the morning before most of the neighborhood is awake.  Over the weekend, we all slept in and I walked (our Pug/Jack Russell) Cooper after the sun came up. What I didn’t realize, was Cooper’s presence alone had the potential to shift the canine energy of the neighborhood, causing a morning bark that began with one, and soon ignited a sequence of howls, yips and ruffs. The presence of one dog shifted the early morning energy of house after house.

After waking up the neighborhood, I turned down the path leading toward to my quiet gravel road (where thinking becomes easy) and it came to me – this is exactly what happens with our own energy.  

We are responsible for what we bring into the room. Our energy impacts those around us. As we walk through life, what energy do you want to bring in the room? Like the Twilight Bark, our energy triggers another person’s energy, and they bring that into the next room, or home to family. Perhaps we have sent complaining out into the world, or perhaps we have sent calm. We get to make the choice. Every day. 

Take a moment and consider, with which type of energy would you like to lead? How can you remain mindful of this choice? 

Create the energy you want to experience, 



In future Revitalizers we will look at:

  • How to be aware (and perhaps change) of our own energy, even when experiencing darker emotions like grief. 
  • When there is challenging energy near me (ie, a colleague, partner, child, friend is experiencing those dark emotions), how do I keep myself from being caught in the same vortex?

Reminders: Applications are being accepted for the spirituality class I teach an 8 month called Sacred Connections. It starts in October, meets two times a month. If you would like to check it out, here is the link to explore:

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