Today’s a special day. Harold officially turns six-years-old! Although he’s six in puppy years, according to the chart at my vet’s office he’s actually the big 4-0!
Each year on his birthday I take a photo in the same spot. It’s fun to look at how he’s changed!
On this celebratory day, he’d like to share six life lessons.
6. Stop and smell the roses.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in your never-ending to do list. Instead, slow down and enjoy the simple things. Next time you’re out on a run or walk don’t rush through it already thinking of the next thing you have to do. I’m sure you’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle that next item!
5. Seek adventure.
Get out there, and do something different. Don’t wait until you have more time because you might never find that time. Whether it’s something simple like choosing to run in the rain instead of on a treadmill or spending an entire weekend exploring the mountains instead of sitting on the couch watching movies- seek adventure.
4. Find joy in everything you do. It’s easy to ‘save’ joy for special moments, vacations, celebrations and holidays. Why not find joy every day? Make the choice.
3. Learn to listen, and do it well. If you ask someone how they’re doing, listen to the answer and respond accordingly. If you sense someone is down, listen. They may not want to talk, but I bet they’ll feel better just by knowing you’re there.
2. Run like someone left the gate open.
Running is such a gift. Enjoy it!
1. Love unconditionally. Accept those you love wholeheartedly. I think animals are the only things in the world that know how to do this!
What lessons have you learned from a pet? What’s the hardest lesson to embrace?