Saturday, 01 July 2017 08:50

Insurmountable Odds!

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Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear
and no concept of the odds against them.
Robert Jarvik

Every girl should have a least one duel fought over her and my turn finally came the other night. Sadly, I slept through the entire saga and had to hear about it from Kevin the next morning. It was, apparently, an epic David and Goliath battle. Here’s what happened.

In one corner, over six feet tall and weighing in at 90kg’s was Kevin. Then there’s Frikkie. Bless him, but this little guy stands at around 20cm’s (I had to stop typing to go and measure him!) and weighs in at just over 5kg’s.

The battle was fought over who got to cuddle the sleeping me. Frikkie won! Kevin had happily curled himself around me until a very indignant Frikkie found himself with only feet to keep him warm. There was no way this was going to work so he climbed on top of Kevin and started digging. He dug between us until he created a big enough gap to fall into... which he promptly did. And went straight to sleep.

Nothing stops this little fella, he’s a dog with a lot to say and even more to give. And guys, today must be your lucky day because you get to hear 'my take' on lessons we can learn from Frikkie, a pint-sized Dapple Dachshund who’s got the world sorted!

Frikkie’s Happy Life Tips:

1) To be a giant, think like a giant.
2) Never be afraid to express yourself fully. Cry if you need to, run in circles when you’re happy and don’t forget to wiggle when you walk.
3) Be creative. There is always a way. You simply have to find it.
4) Make enough noise at a closed door and it will be opened.
5) Never give up. No matter how unlikely the odds, give it your all.
6) Look for opportunities and when you see a gap, take it. Ooo, and if there’s a car with an open door, jump in. Who knows what adventures await!
7) If there’s no gap, make one. Growl if you must.
8) Don’t be afraid to get dirty. Jewels, (or in Frikkie's case, moles) are often hidden in the muck.  
9) Relax into whatever position you find yourself in. Sometimes a new perspective is all you need.
10) Assume you are loved and you will be!

So there you have it. Frikkie’s guide to getting the most out of life. Live and learn!

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Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching

I'm a Personal Development Life Coach who specialises in L.I.F.E (Living Into your Fullest Expression). Based in Richards Bay, on the East Coast of South Africa, I live with my long-suffering husband, (his description!), two much-loved dogs and care for my elderly father who has Alzheimer's.

Read more about me here.

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# Cassidy Adventures 2017-07-10 16:18
I like this perspective. Animals can actually teach us so many lessons about living a good and prosperous life.
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-16 05:35
They can, Cassidy, they can especially teach us how to love!
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# London Mumma 2017-07-10 07:53
haha! This post had me grinning like a Cheshire Cat! But it is super cute and adorable a pets love for its owner.
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-10 08:34
Thanks London Mumma, it;s such a wonderful realtionship. Animals are so special!
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# Patrick 2017-07-09 03:42
Another reason I love the cheetah,especia lly in the winter. He loves being under the blanket!
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-10 08:48
Ah Patrick, you and the cheetah have something special going on!
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# heidi 2017-07-08 03:02
thats so cute and light I love it. I've never had a dog:( and I don't think anyone has fought over me except my kids lol
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-10 08:47
Ha ha, I've never had kids so only dogs fight over me!
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# Jacqueline 2017-07-07 19:06
I can only imagine this battle. Dogs are such loyal creatures and clearly Frikkie is crazy about you. I'm sure you're the one that feeds him, bathes him and cuddles him the most.
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-10 08:46
Lol, the sad truth of the matter, Jacqueline, is that I feed, walk and love him and my husband plays with him. He adores my husband, it's the complaint of moms eveywhere!
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# Marsha 2017-07-07 13:12
I like that perspective! There are lessons in just about everything and animals can surely teach us some.
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-10 08:43
They can and do, Marsha, absolutely!
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# Anna K. 2017-07-07 11:27
These are my favourites:

- Never be afraid to express yourself fully. Cry if you need to, run in circles when you’re happy and don’t forget to wiggle when you walk. - It's a thing I always say to my sisters!

8) Don’t be afraid to get dirty. Jewels, (or in Frikkie's case, moles) are often hidden in the muck. - So true!! To live, like REALLY, you need to get dirty sometimes...
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-10 08:42
Too funny, Anna, I love that you say it to your sisters! And yeah, making mud pies as a child are some of my happy memories. Dirt agrees with me!
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# Deborah 2017-07-07 04:19
"Cry if you need to, run in circles when you’re happy and don’t forget to wiggle when you walk"... I thought that tip was brilliant as wel as hilarious! :) Great post!
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-10 08:39
Lol, I thought of it yesterday when Frikkie was racing around like a mad being and it made me smile!
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# Shigufa K Saleheen 2017-07-06 23:52
Aw, this post was adorable, I loved it! Frikkie's got some seriously smart advice for living a full life too! Great post, thank you for sharing!
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-10 08:37
Thank you so much, Shigufa, your comments are muchg appreciated.
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# Nay 2017-07-06 23:31
This story made me laugh! It sounds just like my house, except in mine it's the kids coming in and sleeping in all sorts of crazy positions and acting like it's their bed!
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-10 08:36
Oh, that is so cute, Nay! There is nothing like a morning love from mom and dad.
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# Jade Braham 2017-07-06 22:48
I love this! this is exactly what my dog does, she insists on climbing into my bed and being very close to me. she wont move so everyone has to sleep around her :P but I love her to bits - dogs are very loyal and the saying that dogs are a mans best friend is true for me!
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-10 08:36
You and me both, Jade! My life is not the same without some messy-little-no ise maker running rings around me!
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# Ellie Chan 2017-07-06 15:46
oh my gosh I loved this! This sounds just like my 2 cats! The big, friendly tuxedo cat (younger cat) and the tiny little 9 year old Siamese diva who wants our attention on her 24/7. and if i'm showing him any affection she sits on the opposite armchair and glares at him! These were such lovely tips too! Great post!
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-06 15:51
Thanks so much Ellie, I am grinning from ear to ear. It's liek this post was written for animal lovers everywhere! Your cats sound so cute.
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# Becca Talbot 2017-07-05 15:58
Pahahaha! I love this! I know that when I meet someone (when I eventually start dating again), they will have the same battles as Kevin against my 3 kits, Tilly, Lola and Maybelle :-P x
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-05 16:19
Fingers crossed Mr Wonderful is right around the corner ready to duel for you too! Lol, he probably won't win, but at least he must be willing to try.
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# Liza Perry 2017-07-05 10:34
This is so true! But for me its between my husband and ...cats haha
Creativity is a key for sure! Unfortunately after my pregnancy I became allergic
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-05 16:16
I have a sneaky suspicion the cats win! Wow, becoming allergic after pregnanacy is a tough one for an animal person.
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# Jade Braham 2017-07-04 21:28
Great blog post! very interesting and brilliantly written! Keep it up.
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-05 16:15
Thanks Jade, glad you enjoyed it!
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# Adea 2017-07-04 12:43
Oh this is such a nice post! I enjoyed it so much and I loved the way you spoke about the "battle"! So nice, I guess you had that fight over you and now you feel very much sought after :P And Frikkie, such a cutie he is!
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-05 16:14
Thanks so much, Adea, it is so nice hearing you enjoyed it. And oh my word, Frikkie is adorable!
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# Ali Rost 2017-07-04 09:56
Awww .. Tania, little Frikkie made me smile a million times over! Last April we lost our pug, Z. All of the other pets deferred to him, and he always slept right by my side, wedged between my husband and I. After he passed, it took all of us a few weeks before we could sleep in bed again, but once we did, our 100 lb golden retriever has decided it's was his turn. But he has to get there before the kitty does, because once the cat is settled, he won't stand for a spot taker to come along! It's cute, most nights my husband and I are blow kisses to each other from opposite edges of the bed while the pets are splayed out as comfortable as can be. x
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-04 10:24
Lol, Ali. I am assuming you have a king-sized bed! I remember little Z dying a few months back but oh, my word, that space has officially been taken over. And aren't cats incredible. Finally we know the truth, size has got absolutely nothing to do with it!
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# Ana De- Jesus 2017-07-04 01:06
Haha the battle between man and dog for affection never ceases to tickle me. I like that you gave the tip about being creative because you are right, there is always a way!
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-04 09:53
Creativity is such a key to that Ana, if we can see it differently, new solutions become possible.
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# Sierra 2017-07-03 23:24
This post made me happy! I love dogs and love that we can learn from them! While reading your post I thought about my own dog (a 16 year old black lab)
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-04 09:54
Ah, thanks Sierra, I love Labrador's, they just have the best nature.
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# Divyanka 2017-07-03 19:02
This was absolutely hilarious to read, funny in the beginning and equally inspirational in the end. I think we can learn from anyone around us, it just requires to have a sight to learn life lessons even from the smallest incidents in our life. Also, as humans, we should actually learn to express ourselves more, lack of expressions always creates complications in life. All the points are really true and we must learn to practice them in real life! Thanks for sharing your words.
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-04 09:56
What a lovely comment, thank you so much, Divyanka. It's so divine when someone just gets you and you did. Thank you.
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# Ania Travels 2017-07-03 17:31
These are some amazing tips. I love the never give up one. It's one I always push myself to do better and try as hard as I can. Great post
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-04 09:57
Thanks Ania. It's amazing how much more strength we find when we push past that first stumble.
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# Jen S 2017-07-03 14:40
I love dogs! They're the absolute best :) My beagle likes to think that my bed is his bed and in the middle of the night he'll stretch out next to you and then veryyy slowly push you over to the edge of the bed so he can have the good spot in the middle.
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-07-04 09:58
I know, right! It's crazy isn't it? What is it with the lying sidewise? It's like some kind of unspoken dog law that has got nothing to do with how tiny they are, but how much space they can take up!
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