“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

Last week, I almost lost Moxie, my Fierce Moxie.

Her nickname, so apropos, is Moxie May, short for Mayhem.

It was the day after my birthday.

A Freak Accident.

Fortunately, I was born on 7/07. Double 7’s. Lucky 7’s. Extra good luck. I would need it that day.

So would Moxie.

I was sitting on my front porch, working on my computer. Moxie was sound asleep at my feet, carefully tucked under a pink and white checkered tablecloth.

Suddenly, she bolted upright, howling in pain … the most horrific blood curdling sounds I’ve ever heard. She stumbled inside, flipped on her back in the fetal position, legs tucked into her body, her eyes rolled back, glazed over in shock and utterly traumatized. Then, she went completely limp.

I thought for sure, I was losing my Moxie. My beautiful, sweet, loving, mischievous, petulant puppy. I cannot explain to you how much I love her.

Thanks to a lucky stroke of Divine Intervention, she’s here today.

So, what happened? More importantly, what did it teach me?

It took some time to piece things together once Moxie was out of the woods.

Moxie had been electrocuted. A crazy, freak accident.

She had fallen asleep with the corner of her mouth on a surge protector. A little drip of saliva from her mouth caused a massive electric shock – one that, fortunately, tripped the circuit breaker which saved her life.

She’s lucky.

We’re lucky.

There’s been a lot of divinity in my life.

We have one wild and precious life. It can be taken from us in an instant.

It took me most of my life to understand that. Some days, I remember. Some days, I forget. Some days are here to remind me just how precious this life is.

Last week was one of those days.

I feel like the “Cat” with 9 lives – I’m pretty sure I may be way past 9.

Perhaps, Luck has something to do with it. Perhaps, divinity has even more.

A brush with Death that teaches us about living. Real, fully “in the moment” living.

The thought of loss can remind us of just how lovely and precious our moments are – life moments.

Moxie Moments.

Today, I’m living. So is Moxie.

Thankful for more Moxie Moments ahead.

Today, I’m grateful for the richness of simple, everyday, precious moments.

One thing I know for sure is we have one wild and precious life – a life that isn’t in our control.

Accidents will happen.

Those we can’t control.

What can we control?

How we live. How fully present we are to life.

Being fully present results in more gifts, more presents – more “present moments” – each one a gift from the Divine.

So, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

For me, I’m living it with Moxie – full of Moxie.

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I’m still traumatized thinking about Foxy Moxie. The picture you paint is horrifying and if anything had happened, it would have been heartbreaking. So happy she survived. Your quote from Mary Oliver reminds me of the Hunter S Thompson quote that I thoroughly identify with: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”


It was terrifying. Clearly, I have some massive divine assistance coming through. I appreciate you so much!


Omg Catherine…how utterly terrifying. I was sick to my stomach just reading it. My four pups mean the world to me & I almost lost one of them back in April so I absolutely feel your pain. I am so so glad that Moxie is well & recovered. As horrifying as it was you are spot on with the lesson learned. We need to be fully present as much as possible & every once in awhile the universe sends us a reminder.
Hugs to you & your sweet baby!


Such bizarre freak things can happen. I know how lucky I am and how much divinity we have that we don’t always see. Thank you, sweet one!


YIKES………I live with a TEA CUP PIG who is about 150 pounds.Good thing he cannot get under my desk!Too much stuff piled underneath!
YOU and MOXIE are so LUCKY!I was suppose to be born on JULY 7 th TOO!But I arrived LATE TO THE WORLD……………..60 on the 22 of JULY!
NO PARTY THIS YEAR……….THINK I will sit and reflect in the GARDEN whilst sipping PINK STUFF!


I have another friend who lives with a pig too. She loves her “Piggy!” My kids are July babies – both to be born around my bday and thankfully came on the 12th and 14th so we have an entire week to celebrate. Happy birthday, sister!


Oh Catherine. That would have put me over the edge as I am sure it did to you. I feel so sorry for Moxie. She is such a darling dog and to be suddenly electrocuted must have scared the living day lights out of her. You are right, we never know how long we have here on Earth. Staying present is key to life.

I am relieved that Moxie is still by your side. Love her up xo

Karen – Wear With Passion


It’s the worst when our babies get hurt, isn’t it sweet one?


OH my goodness! How terrifying for you both. So glad she and you are ok 🙂


I am forever grateful to this wonderful universe!

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