Live Today – Blissful Lessons from the Dog

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by jtclough on February 21, 2010

It seems to be a common thread.  Talk to anyone about life in general whether it is personal, business or about their dog, and you’ll find reference to the future.  What will bring happiness, wealth and contentment dot the conversation as though today doesn’t even exist.

It is all about the future.  All the shiny bits that are floating out there……just waiting for the right time to be grabbed…. then changing our minds about which one is the best one to grab, are thoughts that fill our waking hours.

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie

Falling into the habit of waiting for our lives to happen the way we hope our future’s should look is a stumbling block to enjoy what is right in front of us today.  Even though all we really have is right now…. this moment.  The concept is rarely focused on.

One of the lessons in the bliss of life with a dog is the happiness expressed in most moments of the day.  Being bummed out about what happened yesterday or holding a grudge because someone blamed you for something that wasn’t even your fault is forgotten.  Dogs even get over it quickly if it was their fault.  Moving on to what is happening in this very moment and being happy about it becomes the focus in a dog’s life.

The thought of going out and doing something right now…..  Yipee!  Wag.  Wag.  An attribute we humans should adopt more often.

The worry about what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, or next year….nope, no time for that.  No worries.  No filling the mind with thoughts that in reality don’t even exist.  It really is about enjoying what is in front of you today.

This is not to say that planning for the future should not be a part of life.  Just make sure while planning there is enjoyment in whatever it is you are doing today.

Getting back into shape, visiting good friends or family you haven’t scene in quite some time, or spending a day enjoying your own home have been on the back burner with the thought you’ll get to it just as soon as….. fill in the blank with the excuse ….
Sound familiar?

It is putting your happiness on hold.  Stop with that.

Start living today.  Look at the moments you have in a day and enjoy it for what it is.  Look for the good.  Play.  Laugh.  Smile.  Run around and be silly. Get your fitness back starting today.  Start thinking about having enough for today.

You’ll be amazed.  You will start having enough, you will become healthy, you will smile more, enjoy your home and even your dog one day at time…. starting today.

©Jt Clough and K9 Coach, Inc 2010

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1 Heather February 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm

It’s all about loving what you have.

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