Dogs don’t demand much of us. They ask to be loved, fed, taken on walks, and for you to show up exactly as you are. It’s that last one that can feel tricky for many of us. Too often, we bury our unique character underneath the weight of what other people around us expect. Other people’s judgements about what is “good” and “bad” dictate our behavior and feelings of self-worth or shame. Being just who you are can feel like a herculean effort.
Empathy is a skill we as humans don’t use often enough. While it’s true we don’t use empathy enough with our fellow humans, it’s also true when it comes to our four-legged friends. What would change if you shifted your perception and saw your world through your dog’s eyes?
Gratitude may be one of the most powerful emotional forces we have. It pulls you from worrying about past, fretting about the future, and centers you in the here and now. It’s the antidote to fear, anxiety and anger. Taking a few minutes each day to feel grateful can shift your entire life towards more joy and abundance.
Do you think dogs get disappointed? I don’t mean little disappointments, like when you pick up the leash without taking them on a walk, but big disappointments when things don’t go their way. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dog pout for hours or days when reality doesn’t match their expectations.
Dogs seem to go with the flow so well. Always looking for the next opportunity, the next chance to enjoy themselves, or just the next moment itself, whatever it brings. They do it so naturally, so easily.
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I know you’ve received an overflow of emails from companies (many much more knowledgeable and qualified than ours) addressing the widespread impact of COVID-19. I’m not sure what a note from a brand can provide in these anxious and fearful times, however I am finding communication to be more important and honestly, comforting than ever.