An Unlikely Source of Inspiration: Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Prince Rogers Nelson (My Dog)
I was paroozing my reader when I stumbled across and article on Alexandrea J’s blog about life lessons she’s learned from her cats. Which, although I do not have any cats, I have a pretty awesome yorkie puppy named Prince Rogers Nelson (yes yes he’s been named after The Artist Formerly Known As). Anyways her blog got me to thinking, and then to reading over my random notes — and I realized, that I too have learned Life Lesson’s from my amazing yorkie puppy.
Put Yourself First
Often times it makes us uncomfortable to think of our own needs before anyone else. We think it somehow makes us seem selfish, conceited or self centered – or maybe it’s just me. My mom always told me, if I don’t put my self/feelings/needs first nobody else would – but I never really took it to heart. Now, insert my dog Prince. Prince does what he wants, when he wants. He is not disobedient, but he is very aware of his needs and tends to them. I noticed this first when were playing in the house. We would run around, and then out of nowhere he would disappear. I’d go looking for him, only to find him at his water bowl getting a drink. Mid game he decided quenching his thirst was more important than continuing to chasing me.
Play Time Is Just As Important As Everything Else
When Prince has in his mind that it is time to play — it is time to play. It does not matter at all what I am doing, he is the play time police and a strict enforcer. Myself, on the other hand, the first time that gets cut out of my day – is my down time. When I start to run out of hours to do things, I “steal” them from myself. I operate under the assumption that I can be efficient with no mental breaks, when truly, fatigue is a common cause of mistakes. However, when I take these play time breaks with my dog; they actually help my focus, improve my mood and increase my energy. Taking a break from whatever my task is really helps to revitalize and refocus me when I sit back down to work. Play time does not have to last for hours, but getting up and moving around every once in is good for you and your health too!
Forget and Forget
Prince doesn’t just forgive and forget — he forgets and forgets. He gets mad for a moment — might even pout, but he’s back to his normal routine in minutes. The next day, he isn’t holding grudges; he is giving kisses and trying to entice me into our next game of chase. These days we are too busy discussing how, “We will forgive but never forget”. What we fail to realize is, the only person we are hurting is ourselves. By not forgetting, we are choosing to hold on to negativity, and detract from our present. Often times, those we are holding grudges against, have since moved on and forgotten the incident – while we are still holding on.
An honourable mention would be, Have Few Possessions. A few toys, a bed, and a food and water bowl and he is all set. I know a dog does not necessarily have the same obligations that humans do, however the concept still applies. My dog does not have 11 food bowls, because he does not need 11 food bowls. Meaning when it comes to our lives, we allow unnecessary duplications – unnecessary clutter, to weigh us down.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human.
The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
– Edward Hoagland “Dogs and the Tug of Life”