Are you a dog lover? I know, I am. I love cats too.
Animals of all kinds can bring us so much joy, not only when things are going well, but also when we feel pain and are suffering.
Man’s best friend” can be our true and faithful companions through thick and thin. We look to our pets when we are ready to play and laugh, and they instinctively know when we need their support.
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.
As I watch my dog Molly go through her day, I realize the lessons are really right there in front of me if I care to pay attention.
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.
Live for now
We can spend time regretting the past and obsessing about the future but I have learned that the solution will not be found that way. Spinning my wheels thinking about things that I cannot change is not productive.
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.
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. I can easily forgive an animal or a child but adults can be tricky.
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. Use your intuition and it will guide you to a life of peace and serenity.
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 achieve balance, the stress fades to the background and we enjoy life that much more.
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 humans, we need to find our purpose as well. When we take the time to discover our purpose in life, we feel more fulfilled, and our life feels more meaningful.
Make every day 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.