Story Friday – Life Lessons I Learned from My Dog
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LIFE LESSONS LEARNED FROM MY DOG
What would I share, if invited? Things I learned in graduate school, principles proven in my consulting career, or tidbits picked up from my own mistakes? No, I think I’d share life lessons I’ve learned from my dog.
Here are a few:
Life Lessons 1. Play the hand you’re dealt. Some of us are born into the lap of luxury; others are not. Some of us come programmed for joy, and others less so. Some of us are nurtured magnificently, and others are nearly ignored. Rocky was given up before he was two. YOU might think he’d be sullen, unable to trust, or stuck with a bit of a chip on his canine shoulder. Not so. He’s a happy little guy who seems to demonstrate that it’s not what you’ve been given that counts-it’s who YOU become and what YOU do with what you’ve got!
Life Lessons 2. Be Your Self. When we adopted Rocky, I almost forgot to ask his name. The clerk rolled her eyes and said, “It’s Rocky, but I’d change it to Pierre, if I were you.” We soon learned that this miniature black poodle was anything but a Pierre. He’s athletic, funny, social, and uninhibited. Possibly, he’s not even a purebred poodle. The name Rocky suits him well and he sports an all-over curly cut rather than a traditional poodle clipping. No matter what others think you should be like, it’s always best, to be your true self.
Life Lessons 3. Master the basics. Eat, sleep, exercise, and connect with your pack. Rocky is never too busy to eat, too distracted to sleep, or too tired for a walk. Nor does he ever turn down an opportunity to connect. His wagging-tail greetings, sloppy kisses, and ability to land smack in the middle of the nearest lap are all powerful statements of just how basic the need to connect really is. And yet, in today’s 24/7 world, it is often easy to forget that family and friends are actually nourishment, and a major contributor to a sense of well-being.
Life Lessons 4. Explore, explore, explore. Ever curious, and smart as whip, Rocky always seems ready to explore new territory. He’ll happily learn a new “trick,” check out new critters, climb new hills, or try new toys. In life, the choice is yours: play it safe and embrace the status quo, or face the unknown and continue to grow. Rocky would say, “Stretch.”
Life Lessons 5. Make each day great. Spontaneously, Rocky will tear through the house, barreling at a breakneck speed. Or, he might unexpectedly drop his rubber football at my feet, signaling it’s time for a game of fetch. When he comes in from a walk, he sits patiently, “asking” for his treat.
Do what YOU love, ask for what YOU want, and seize opportunities as they appear. Don’t wait for joy to come to YOU; instead, seek it out every day.
Suzanne Zoglio is a success coach, author, & national speaker. For over 20 years she has coached executives, presented motivational speeches and facilitated team-building seminars. Dr. Sue has appeared on radio and television in more than 25 states, been published in over 30 business journals, and featured as a life-balance expert in magazines including Time, Family Circle, Prevention, Cosmopolitan, First for Women, Marie-Claire, Fitness, and Diane. She is the author of Create a Life That Tickles Your Soul, Recharge in Minutes, Teams At Work: 7 Keys to Success, and The Participative Leader. Visit www.zoglio.com or contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .