If you spend time in the world of dogs, you see them continually finding new ways to connect to whatever is going on around them. They make the best of their circumstances, even when those circumstances may not be ideal. If there is a muddy yard, with one sunny patch, they will find the sunny patch and curl up in it. When they encounter another dog, they may or may not get along at first, but. . . they set boundaries and respect those boundaries without making it mean anything else.
As human beings we could benefit a lot from similar ways of being. However, more often than not, instead of finding the sunny patch, we keep ourselves stuck in the mud. When we encounter someone we don't know, we access, judge based on appearances and unfortunately most of the time we put up a wall, which is not a boundary, but rather a way to protect ourselves and keep others out. And, we do most of this on auto pilot.
Why is it that we act these ways? For the most part we don't have any real idea we are doing any of it! In that way we are a lot like dogs because we are acting out of pure instinct, except in our case, it is programming. Dogs act from instinct, because they have no other choice, we on the other hand have all sorts of choices, if we just allow ourselves to consider them.
Finding the sunny patch could be considered a metaphor for allowing solutions to find you versus staying stuck in a problem, or in struggle. Being accepting to others, while also having and keeping healthy boundaries, like dogs who are respectful of each other (and yes for dogs that means barking loudly at times) we deserve to do whatever work we require on ourselves in order to accept others for who they are versus shutting them out, or letting them too far in!
In the end we are talking about being "Paws-itive" or positive for those of us that need to be literal. By doing this we invite a much better state of being into our day to day existence as well the possibility of greater opportunities into our lives over all.
Sometimes we all need to navigate the mud until we find our own little sunny patch!
Peace, Love & Wufs,
Rev Deb, Chooks & Sam
Dogs are who they are, not matter what the circumstance they remain true to character. They deal with things as they come up instinctually and without hesitation. Meaning, they don't contemplate what the best course of action may be, whether to go right, or left. They don't imagine what might happen if they do this or that. They don't paralyze themselves by overthinking and attempting to figure out what follow action a, b, or c. They simply are who they are and they do what they do.
Dogs have no shame about who they are. They don't feel bad for being the one who runs at the back of the pack, or the middle, and they don't feel the need to over compensate for whatever state of being they happen to embody. Not every dog is an alpha dog, in fact in truth in a pack there is only one alpha, so that means there are a lot more pack members who follow versus lead, and they are equally as valuable.
Yes, we have the ability to think and to plan, too strategize and to second guess ourselves. We, based on these skills, often do take time to contemplate our best course of action, and we ponder about whether it would be right or wrong. We over think and attempt to figure everything out prior to taking any action at all. We do polarize ourselves and remain inactive when our deepest desire is to be a person of action.
We blame it on procrastination and convince ourselves that this is just how it goes, or who we are. Maybe it's time we stop holding out and step up to plate and become who we are truly meant to be. We could borrow the wisdom of dog and just step up. We could also celebrate the fact that because we aren't driven by instinct we can choose whatever we want, and maybe it's time for us to be brave!
Do your dog proud and become the person your dog thinks you are. Show up and be the best you are capable of being, take action when your gut tells you to and play full out. Have compassion for yourself always and listen to your heart. Dogs are always exactly who they are, no more and no less. Be brave and be all that you are and watch as life gets better and better.
Peace, Love & Wugs,
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.