This is an excerpt from my book, Soul in Control: Reflections of a Reformed Superwoman, available on Amazon and other online book retailers.
LESSONS FROM LILY
Yesterday I was in a silly mood and was doing a very goofy dance in the kitchen, à la Elaine from Seinfeld. My daughter, by now resigned to the fact that she has a slightly bizarre mother, said, “Mom, look at the dogs!” I turned around to see my pups looking at me with heads tipped to the side. And the looks on their faces were a mix between sheer horror and disbelief. I was half expecting them to say “What in the WORLD are you doing?!” Rather humbling to be dissed by a dog.
I decided to observe my pets to see what else I could learn from them on the secrets of life. Lily, the year-old pup, lives for walks and attention and Trixie, the 9-year old lump, lives for food and naps. I am in agreement with both lifestyles. But here are the other things I have learned:
- There is no love except unconditional love
- A little affection helps brighten spirits
- Run hard/rest hard
- Make each day an adventure by seeing your surroundings with new eyes
- Protect your loved ones from the “bad guys” and enjoy their friends
- The simplest things bring the greatest pleasure
- Be consistent, hold your boundaries and make sure you praise the good stuff
Lily just came up to check on me as I was writing this. Another lesson: Much can be said without ever uttering a word.
Our pets know what to do and can sense our feelings. They cuddle and offer a paw when we are sad and get playful when we are in a happy mood. They are full of unconditional love.
It has been two years since our little boy Bauer crossed the Rainbow Bridge and not a day goes by without my thinking of him. My sons referred to our little pup as their brother from another mother.