Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Forgiveness: Why Dogs Don't hold Grudges

Today was a holiday. Instead of going to the office like I usually do on a Monday, my mom and I stayed home. OK, let's rephrase that – I stayed home – or rather, was LEFT at home – while she ran errands, went out to dinner, and enjoyed the company of friends.

Even though I have a house full of toys, a backyard designed for my recreation, and a mom who lets me watch Animal Planet on TV when I'm by myself, I was still a little miffed we didn't spend the whole day playing together and going to Red Rock to hike. (You should see how good I look in my special booties!)

I pouted for hours by myself in the house. I waited by the door thinking of just exactly what to say when mom walked in. But of course, the minute I saw her face, I forget all my frustrations. As hard as I tried, I couldn't stop my tail from wagging or my tongue from unleashing a bath of kisses.

Here's the Wisdom I am Unleashing:
Canines are born with a naturally elevated level of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). We get that holding onto anger and resentment for longer than 10 seconds is fruitless – especially when it's over something that won't matter at our funeral. Focusing on what's not working only takes time and energy away from enjoying the company of the person you love.

Life is short. Don't sweat the small stuff. Forgive quickly. You never know how much time you've got together.

Live in pawssibilities.