Lessons Our Dogs Teach Us

LIVE LOVE AND BARK

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Right now we live in a time when our country is significantly divided. No matter who you voted for in this election there is a sense of the unknown shared by almost everyone. I believe if we look to our dogs we will find comfort and insight to cope with the potential stress of the unknown. Our dogs are always there for us and even more importantly, they can teach us about life if we are open to learning.   

LISTEN - Dogs are wonderful listeners. They don't speak the human language but they always look like they know exactly what we are saying...even if they don't. ;-) Listening more is always productive. We can learn to listen with an open mind. Being open to ideas different than our own can help our world become bigger and sometimes better. Listening for the truth helps us make better choices.   

BE IN THE MOMENT - no one is better at being in the moment than our dogs. They don't worry about what will happen or about what has been. They live in the present constantly. It is not possible for humans to live in the present like our dogs but we can always work to become better at it. Focusing on what is happening now helps us experience the moment and this can mean fewer regrets and more joy in our life. Sort of like our dogs. ;-) The now can also be challenging. Being grounded in the present can help us deal with challenges more effectively and with a sense of calm. Our dogs can coach us on being in the moment. 

AUTHENTICITY - Dogs don't care how much money we make or how we look or what we are wearing or what kind of a car we drive. Dogs look into or eyes and see our soul. They want to be with their pet parent all the time. Dogs do not care about the material things we sometimes put a lot of value on. Being authentic comes naturally to a dog. I love the saying that says "Be yourself because everyone else is taken." Self acceptance and love of self contributes to self confidence and self esteem. Our dogs accept us for who we are at all times. Let's follow their lead.

COMPASSION -  Looking into our dogs eyes just makes us feel better. Our dogs are always there for us no matter what. They never judge us. They want to be with us and console and comfort us if we appear to need it. They tune into our feelings and seem to know when we are sad or upset or happy. Dogs have a natural empathy and compassion for humans that is notable and appreciated by those of us who love them. We can learn a lot about empathy and compassion from our dogs.

HUMOR - I have observed my dogs to have a brilliant sense of humor. They make me laugh everyday. Dogs have a natural curiosity for life and explore everything they can. Dogs seem to know the necessity of play and exercise and play with a robust joy. We may need to be reminded of the importance and positive impact humor and play have on our life. Our dogs can teach us much about humor and play.

Dogs can teach us so many more things like forgiveness, loyalty, unconditional love, to always greet those you love, enjoy the journey, and the importance of a good nap. Dogs have the ability to bring people together. Dogs live from a place of love. As we look to our dogs for life lessons let's also express gratitude for their presence in our life and note that the little things are often the most important things in life. 

WOOFS & SMILES!