GOOD MORNING MONDAY – AFFIRMATIVE THOUGHTS FOR A GREAT WEEK
Good Morning – it is Monday once again 😊. I hope you had a GREAT weekend. Did you have some time to relax, refresh and recharge? I hope so. Are you ready for the week? Are you ready for the holiday? It is an opportunity to spend some time celebrating with others and connecting on a deeper level, being present and experiencing joy and happiness 😊.
I am taking a break from our current exploration of mindfulness qualities so that I can share an email that I received last week from one of my colleagues. This email is about “life lessons you can learn from your canine companion.” I felt this to be appropriate as we embark on our holiday plans and connections. Within, there are some beautiful observations on which you can reflect and determine which you might want to incorporate into your life. So, here is the email that I was sent. I hope it causes you to take pause, enable you to spend time reflecting and gain insight for your life.
WHY DOGS LIFE SPANS ARE NOT AS LONG AS HUMANS
Here is the surprising answer of a six-year-old child:
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found that he was dying of cancer. I told the family that we could not do anything for Belker and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for Belker in their home. As arrangements were made, Ron and Lisa told me that they thought it would be good for their six-year-old son, Shane, to observe the procedure. They felt that Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time; that I wondered if he really understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s passing, wondering out loud about the sad fact that dogs’ lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”
Startled we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I had never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way that I try to live. He said, “people are born so that they can learn how to live a good life – like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued, “well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long as we do.”
Live simply; Love generously; Care deeply; and Speak kindly.
If a dog were your teacher, you would learn things like:
When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstacy.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you are happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Never pretend to be something you are not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Those are some secrets of happiness that can be learned from a good dog.
I hope you have a great week. I hope you have a great holiday. Pick one or two of these life lessons and incorporate them into your life this week and beyond! See what joyful experiences happen for YOU AND THOSE AROUND YOU!