Last Saturday, the skies were blue and the sun was friendly. I sat on the lawn with my rabbit beagles-- Gus, Lady and Duke. The three dogs took turns crawling onto my lap for a good ear rub. In between they chased each other, tumbling and growling until they collapsed in an exhausted heap next to my knees. They were totally relaxed and living in the moment. That’s when it hit me. My dogs know some things that I need to learn.
Here's what they taught me:
Take time to do nothing. Instead of mowing the grass, lie on it and enjoy that bright blue sky overhead.
Kiss people even if your breath smells like garlic, peanut butter or dead ground-hogs.
If you find something you like, allow yourself to completely enjoy it. Roll in it if that makes you happy.
Wag your entire body when you see someone you love.
Sing to the moon or the sun whenever the mood strikes you.
Eat when you’re hungry even if people are watching you.
Don’t be afraid to let people see your round belly. Maybe they’ll be charmed by it.
If someone rubs your back or ears, grin with appreciation and move around until they’ve gotten all your itchy spots.
Make everyone you meet feel special.
From now on, I’m going to pay a little more attention to my inner dog and a little less attention to my inner critic. Woof!