Four Life Lessons You Can Learn From A Dog!
I’ve been in a different space lately. It’s difficult to explain. I have been quiet and withdrawn. I’ve had a lot of things on my mind. In fact, the other day when my husband looked at me he commented how it looked like my mind was all over the place. He was right.
Has this ever happened to you? You’ve just got a lot going on in your head. Thoughts and ideas swirling around but you’re not sure how to sort them out? Maybe we can call “Monkey Mind?” When I get like this I tend to look at things differently. I look at them in a much deeper way. It’s almost like I am searching for meaning in everything and everyone.
Last week I was walking my dog, Bella (aka the chocolate diva). As we were strolling through the neighborhood I began to watch her. I mean truly watch her as she walked and sniffed the air and the ground. Have you ever walked a dog? There is a true wonder in how they operate. There they are in that moment, walking, taking time to sniff the air and the ground, taking in everything around them with all of their senses, breathing, and feeling. It was in that moment that I discovered how much we can learn from dogs.
I want to share with you four life lessons you can learn from a dog.
1. Be Present-Live in the Moment
Dogs live in the moment. They are not thinking about yesterday or tomorrow. They have no expectations. They are not attached to any outcomes. They live for right here and right now.
For humans, this is extremely difficult to do. You get wrapped up in all the things going on in your life. You are being stretched from one thing to another and you never get a chance to just Be present and live in the moment. You miss the many great things that life presents you because you are 10 steps ahead of yourself and rarely in the moment. When you are present and live in the moment you have the opportunity, just as a dog does, to take in everything going on around you using all of your senses.
What is one small step you can take today to start Be Present and Live in the Moment of your life?
2. Enjoy Life
Have you ever played with a dog and a squeaky toy? Oh my gosh, it truly is a beautiful thing to see. The chocolate diva has a few fluffy squeaky toys. When she puts one in her mouth and starts to make it squeak I can see her eyes light up. I think in that moment she is truly enjoying life. If I were to sum it up in one word it would be that she is joyful.
It is so easy to get wrapped up in life and the preverbal to-do list that seems to never end. If it’s not laundry, or school work, or emails to answer, or studying for a test, it’s something else.
What if you took some time to step away from that to-do list and do something that you really enjoyed? Something that would cause your eyes to light up? It doesn’t have to be something that takes up a lot of time. It could be something as simple as going for a nature walk or signing up for one of those painting classes.
It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you take the opportunity to get out there and enjoy life.
3. It’s Okay to Want to be Alone
If you are a dog owner I am sure you have experienced your dog getting up and walking out of one room and into another to lay down. By themselves. I think it is safe to say that sometimes they just want to be alone. They want to remove themselves from the hustle and bustle of daily life and take a break. Guess what? They do it guilt free.
What about you? Do you ever feel like you want to go to another room to just get away from the hustle and bustle of life? Or maybe not attend an event or hang out with friends or even family. What usually stops you for taking some time to be by yourself? Feelings of guilt? It’s completely okay to want to be alone. You should never have to apologize for that. As a self-proclaimed introvert, I need that time alone to refill my cup.
Think about a time when you have wanted to step away and be by yourself. Ask yourself what’s stopped you from doing it. Now, what is another way you can think about that time away for yourself? What is a word you can say to yourself the next time you feel yourself hesitate taking that time for yourself? Remember it!!! Use it!! Do it!!!
4. Unconditional Love
OMGosh!!!! Dogs are the epitome of unconditional love. They love you for who you are. There are no strings attached, no quid pro quo, and no judgement. Wow!!! It doesn’t get any better than that. All a dog sees is your goodness. What other relationships do you have in your life that are like this?
I always say it is easy to love people during the easy times. But what happens when things get hard? When someone does something to upset you or make you sad? Can you still love them unconditionally? It’s a tough question for sure. I think it is safe to say that everyone struggles with this. Feelings get hurt. You take offense to an action. It’s tough.
What is one small step you can take today to start seeing the goodness in others? How can you apply this to your current relationships? How can you implement this into your new relationships?
Words of Encouragement
We are all imperfect people living in an imperfect world trying to live life together. However, if we were to each work to implement at least one of the life lessons we can learn from dogs, be present and live in the moment, enjoy life, take some time to be alone, and love unconditionally, I think the world would be a better place. You can’t change the world but you can change yourself.
Which one of these life lessons resonated with you the most? What step(s) are you going to take to start implementing it into your life? I would love to hear your thoughts.
If you would like to implement these lessons and you’re not sure how, I would love to help you. You can send me a DM through FB or Instagram or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make today amazing!