Seeing Today Like A Dog
Mack, the yellow lab, is a morning dog. Unless I have a pre-5:00 am alarm, he is up before I am and waiting to start the day.
Typically, he sits a few feet away from the bed and hops up on his hind legs, hoping to see movement. (We have a tall bed and he can't see if he's too close.)
"Why are you so happy?"
I ask Mack this most mornings. My words elicit something close to euphoria as he spins in circles and stretches in the perfect "down dog," begging for a scratch.
"Yes. Yes. You're a good boy!"
I scratch the down dog and Mack's joy is overwhelming.
Maybe it's my sleepyhead, or my reluctance to get into the shower, but I spend far too much time thinking about why he loves life so much.
I consider what this silly creature has to look forward to and I notice his joys are simple and routine. I also realize many of his joys can be mine as well.
For instance, if I could see today as Mack sees it, I would...
Appreciate good company.Relish all of my meals.Embrace brisk exercise.Take time for myself.
Enjoy the chaos around me.Play well with others.Maintain a happy disposition.And, most important, I would always choose to be optimistic.We could all do well to adopt the dog's perspective!
Make it a great day!