We lead such busy lives, sometimes its hard to slow down, take a deep breathe and, as they say, “be in the moment.” I ran across this the other day and thought it was worth sharing. So, please take a moment, read and just “be”.
A Dog’s Purpose
A veterinarian had been called to examine a 10 year old dog, Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron and his wife, Lisa and their little boy, Shane, were very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle. The vet examined Belker and found the dog was dying of cancer. He told the family there was nothing that could be done and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As arrangements were made, Ron and Lisa told the vet they thought it would be good for 6 year old Sharon to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, as Belker’s family surrounded him, Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, the vet wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes Belker slipped away peacefully. The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. As they sat together for a while after Belker’s death, they wondered aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.” Startled, everyone turned to him. What came out of his mouth was the most comforting explanation the vet had ever heard.
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.”
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
When a loved one comes 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 be pure ecstasy.
Take naps. Stretch before rising.
Run, romp and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back in the grass
On hot days drink lots of water and lie under a shade tree
When you are happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simply joy of a long walk.
Never pretend to be something you are not.
If what you want is buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Enjoy every moment of every day.
My hope for you this week is that you that you Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly and just “be”.