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
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.