I'm a dog lover, how about you? I'm a cat lover too... Oh heck, I love all animals big and small.
Animals of all kinds can bring us so much joy, not only when things are going well, but also when we feel sad and are suffering. Mans best friend can be our faithful companions thru thick and thin.
I’ve had a dog most of my life. All mutts, I’ve loved them all. It has always felt comforting to me to have a dog around. The joy dogs, my horse or cats provide is well worth the effort we put into the relationship with them. In return they teach us too. Watch as they go thru their day and what exactly is importnat to them. What do they look forward to. What do they worry about?
We all have struggles and challenges in our life, and it’s during those times that our pets can really come in handy to help us find our joy.
They offer us life lessons, and I have evolved into a new and hopefully better person. I found I needed to change. I needed to approach life in a new way. Finding ways to live in the now. When we do so, we find our stress levels lower because we are not worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow, but we deal with what is in front of us...here and now. We dont worry about what happened yesterday... that day is already finished and filed away. Although we may think about when we are going to eat our next meal, its not that far off.
Here are some of the ways I can be the person my dog wants me to be, and be the person I want to be as well. I know that whatever life brings me, joy is still always there for the taking.
Stay connected - When we look to our dogs, they need our connecton on a daily basis. They need out love, and attention. When we stay connected with others, it feeds our soul and helps to lead us to a long life.
Dogs live for today—and so can we. We can appreciate every moment as it comes and be grateful for what we have. Like all animals, when we live in the present, we can have more enthusiasm, joy for life, and less worry.
Forgive - Forgiveness may be something we consider, but find difficult to really feel and carry out. The payoff in not forgiving is that we can continue to blame others for how we feel and we then remain the victim...at our own hands.
When you study animal packs, there is rarely a conflict, as the members of the pack solve their problems and move on. They don’t hold a grudge or worry about what happened yesterday.
Forgiveness gives us back our power, as we regain a sense of wholeness, peace, and the ability to move on with our lives.
Trust your intuition - Many of us have not developed or have lost touch with our intuition. We listen to words, but neglect our inner feelings. We may feel uneasy about a certain situation, but neglect what our body is telling us.
Dogs understand what is going on beneath the surface, as they are led by their instincts and rely on their gut reactions. We have these clues as well.
Find Balance - When any of us have a traumatic situation, we can get off track and spend too much time focused on the situation, neglecting the other areas of our life. I have, at times spent too much time worrying about the problems of others. I’ve learned that we shortchange not only ourselves, but those around us.
Notice how well a dog does when their life is balanced. Dogs need their exercise, a dose of love, and structure to their daily routine, and so do we. When we balance our life the stress fades to the background and we enjoy life that much more.
Set boundaries - We teach others how to treat us. Many of us have a hard time setting boundaries that are clear and believable.
Close, connected relationships start with clear and consistent communication. Our relationship with our dog is a perfect example. When the rules are clear, and enforced consistently, our pets do well; otherwise they are confused about what is acceptable behavior.
Find your purpose - Have you ever wondered why you were placed here on earth? Sometimes we lose our way and are not sure about our true purpose. The same is true for dogs.
When dogs are given a job and contribute in some way to the well being of others they feel a sense of satisfaction as do humans. When we take the time to discover our purpose in life, we feel more fulfilled, and our life feels more meaningful.
Make everyday special - Sometimes we can let days go by and get swallowed up in our routine. Every day is the same and our excitement is lacking.
Have you ever noticed how a dog finds everyday life exciting? They can’t wait to eat, go for their walk, see you come home, or greet a visitor. We can learn so much by observing how our pets have enthusiasm for the simple joys of everyday life.
Everyday can be special for us as well. When we take the time to look, we may find our joy is still there waiting to be rediscovered...and enjoyed!