The Zen of Dogs

Some valuable lessons can be learned from dogs. I know that’s not the most original thought, but I can’t help but think it every time I’m playing catch or just being around my dog.

The immediate observation is how present and happy they generally are. But looking beyond that, it’s not just living in the moment that’s striking, but the lack of concern or stress from the past.

My dog can go from thing to the next without loss of enthusiasm. Her favorite thing to do is play, but she’s always ready for the next thing when the next thing comes.

Sure, they bark at everything, get anxious in the car, lick their privates, and poop in public.

But there’s something special about the way dogs go about living.

She’ll chase a squirrel and not catch it, but she won’t dwell on the ”failure”, and she’s immediate back into enjoying the walk, enjoying the moment.

It reminds of the quote from Churchill, Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Failure sucks, but dwelling on it is worse, and if we’re honest with ourselves, unhelpful. It’s better to learn from them, and then do what dogs do—move on and be enthusiastic about the next things.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1112

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