Anyone ever heard of the telephone game? This is where we sit in a circle and whisper in ear of one person and they take what they've heard and whisper it into the ear of the next person. This happens until we go all the way around the circle and the person who started it, gets to hear what actually comes back to them, which is never, and I mean never, what it is that they said that started the whole thing!
I suppose it's silly of me to bring this into the world of dogs because dogs don't even play "bow wow" and pass it on, they don't gossip! But still I think this is a fair and legitimate example. Meaning, the fact they don't do it, is the lesson. Dogs don't spread rumors and they don't point fingers attempting to make another dog feel bad. Perhaps we could all attempt to act like dogs in this example and give up our telephone games with one another and about one another.
Why do we even feel the need to "pass it on"? When most of time, whatever we are talking about, if and when we do this, we actually don't know the whole story, let alone the facts. With dogs, the pack is the pack, you work for acceptance and when you are accepted, you are part of the pack. With humans, particularly the court of public opinion, the telephone game, is thriving. And let's not be confused, the court of public opinion is rampant. When that court turns against a member of our human pack, watch out, because we, the human family, will reject and throw that person out, before we even know the truth.
Perhaps this is because we live in a society that seems to perpetuate sensationalism in order to market whatever the next big thing is, or whatever agenda that may be in play. Yes, there is a lot going on behind the scenes that none of us know anything about, but apparently that doesn't appear to stop us from thinking we have the right to judge others and that it would appear that guilty until proven innocent is now common.
Give me the world of dogs when it comes to things like this, and again perhaps the best lesson we can take away from all of this, is that to aim to act more like a dog in this case, would be a good thing! Let's stop the gossip, no more "Bow Wow" pass it on, and let's silence the court of public opinion. We may all find that we end up being a whole lot happier.
Peace, Love & Wufs,
Rev Deb, Chooks & Sam
I don't know about you, but when I get home my big boy, Chooks, literally slams himself into me - in a nice way - and demands cuddles. In fact if I don't cuddle he will keep making demands until he gets his belly rubs. My little man, Sam, also demands cuddles, but for him it's all about the whining!
Why do they want cuddles, well that is simple, it feels good. It's an exchange that uplifts their spirits and honestly, it uplifts mine as well. I will go out on a limb and further submit for your consideration that cuddles feel good to us all.
So what do we do to get our cuddle time?
First, just like my boys who demand it, because they are dogs and that is how they communicate, they are illustrating an important lesson. While we can't demand, it would do well for us to learn to ask for what we need. It can be hard for some of us to do this because we've learned in our lifetime that we need to be tough and stand on our own two feet. Maybe we are always there for others and because of this we forget or disregard our own needs.
Asking for cuddles, (use cuddles it as a metaphor), is asking for a hug, a friend to come over and hang out, a meeting for coffee where you get to connect. It's asking for someone to take a walk with you, or maybe it is asking for a cuddle!
There is also always the option, and this is important to remember, that you can cuddle yourself! Sometimes that, is the start to becoming someone who can ask for what they need. Give yourself a hug every day and always remember that you are a living breathing work of art, and every moment is a brand new opportunity to become whatever you choose.
Peace, Love and Wufs,
Rev Deb, Chooks & Sam
Dina Rae and Rev Deb invite you to enjoy this curated experience. May your tails wag with satisfaction and your hearts be warmed by all that you see.