"I believe that you're great, that there's something magnificent about you. Regardless of what's happened to you in your life, regardless of how young or how old you think you might be, the moment you begin to think properly, this power within you that's greater than the world, it will begin to emerge. It will take over your life. It will feed you, clothe you, guide you, protect you, direct you, sustain your very existence. If you let it." ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Since moving to Ohio, I've had so much more energy to actually get out in nature and walk my doggies. They love it as much as I do. And with the weather being as nice as it's been, I have to take advantage of being outside as much as possible. I'm learning so much about life through being with them. They are such great teachers and I am so grateful that they chose me to be their master! They're teaching me 1) To live life in the moment. Dogs don't worry about tomorrow, or fret over what happened yesterday. There are here and present all of the time. 2) To enjoy the simple things in life. They get a thrill simply from riding in the car to the park, walking in the park, sniffing grass, greeting people, and spending time with me. 3) Have no judgements. My dogs don't judge a soul. They treat everyone and greet them the exact same, every single time, no questions asked. 4) Exercise every day. My dogs absolutely love going for walks and I can easily tell when I start walking them that they have limitless amounts of energy to walk off. Within 10 minutes of walking them, they start to slow down because they've gotten a lot of their energy out. They are both losing weight and they are much calmer as a result of their exercise! And I can tell they feel better, too. 6) Rest. Every time we come home from walking, the first thing they do, after drinking a bowl-full of water is rest. They don't worry about everything they have to get done. They just think about resting and heading to their dog beds for a much-needed nap. 7) Have gratitude. They are so grateful for getting to get out of the house, ride in the car, be around people, be in nature, etc. And they aren't afraid to show it by evidence of their constant tail wagging. It's a sight to see for sure! 8) Never be afraid to express how you feel. My dogs always show me how they are feeling. Although they're mostly happy, they still show me when they're scared, cautious, not feeling well, etc, and they have no problems expressing themselves. 9) Go after the things you want. Sam and Maggie both go after the things they want. When they want some of my food, they beg and have no issues doing so. When they want to sniff a smell, they go after that smell whole-heartedly! When they want to greet someone, they greet them with the same energy as if they're going after that smell. 10) Show unconditional love all of the time. They both show me and everyone they meet unconditional love all of the time. No matter what mood I'm in when I come home from a bad day, they are both there to greet me at the door, tails on a constant wag, and whimpers of delight! They love me the same today as they did yesterday, and there are no conditions placed on me at all. All I have to do is be me, and that's good enough for them! So take your dogs for a walk in the park and find out the many things about life that you can learn from them. Trust me, they are such amazingly great teachers, and I thank God for my doggies. I couldn't imagine life without them!