What If We Were More Like Dogs?
What if we were more like dogs?
I love working with dogs. Dogs have made me a better person in so many ways.
I’ve learned to live life in the present. [Enter widely shared spiritual saying]…
“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
― Lao Tzu
I’ve learned to not fear death, unless for some reason it appeared to be imminent.
I’ve learned to love more unconditionally, and to not practice spiteful behavior or hold grudges.
I’ve become more patient and compassionate, and the needs of others outweigh my own desires.
I’ve learned to suffer silently, which is to say no more ranting to friends, family, and through social media. Sometimes we feel a release of tension from a good rant. And I think that it can be constructive on occasion. But I feel that it is mostly releasing negative energy that then gets fueled by more of the same. Imagine not even feeling the need to rant. That we’ve released the tension on an internal level, and accepted the imperfections of our lives. Control what we can, let go of what we can’t. [There’s another one of those sayings.]
I’ve learned to feel a sense of reward for pleasing others.
I’ve learned that if I can teach you something, that makes me happy. If I can learn something from you, that makes me happier.
I often work seven days a week. Everyday I don’t help a dog I feel like I’m denying myself pleasure. Though I do enjoy golf.
Most of all, I’ve learned that when you want to feel good about yourself, do something for somebody else.
Maybe we should be more like dogs…