Question: Do you greet the day with a growl or a yippee?
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Transcript of Video:
One of the jobs I have here at the Monastery – and probably my favorite job by far – is I get to take care of the Monastery’s dog, our four-year-old Labradoodle. Her name is Sophie. And Sophie sleeps in my cell. She has a bed at the foot of my bed. And listening to David talk about the alarm clock going off in the room just reminded me of this, and I’m talking about this because I think its love. I have a deep sense that it is. Every morning my alarm clock goes off, and I get out of bed and I reach across to my dresser to turn off my alarm clock. And the moment the alarm clock is turned off, Sophie jumps out of her bed. She bounds out of her bed and she lets out one sharp yip, and it’s like I imagine her saying, “Isn’t this a joy just to get up?” And it’s so spontaneous, it’s so unrehearsed, it’s so dog, and to me it just expresses what I want to believe love is about. It’s just this, like, “Yippee, here I am and here’s my life and isn’t this grand!” And loving, I think, has something to do with that kind of elation at just being. Yeah, so, it’s a great a way to get up in the morning. And sometimes I think, “How can you be so enthusiastic day after day?” You know, it’s always the same.
-Br. Robert L’Esperance