Perception is reality. If you are perceived to be something, you might as well be it because that’s the truth in people’s minds. — Steve Young
That’s probably true unless we change our perspective.
Humans are motivated by selfish reasons most of the time, but not dogs. Dogs love always. They are more intuitive than some people.
They love better and forgive quickly.
If we lived the way dogs see us the world would be a better place.
As people, we worry about what others think.
- Are we too fat?
- Too thin?
- Why does she hate me?
- What did I do to deserve this treatment?
It’s human nature to want to be liked and want approval, but when we place too much value in others’ thoughts we diminish our own self-worth.
What if we replaced those thoughts with the perception of our dog?
No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does. — Christopher Morley
He’s always ready for belly rubs and to lend a listening ear. He won’t interrupt. You are your dog’s favorite person.
What if you could replace the approval of others with the love of a dog?
A dog is always happy. First thing in the morning and last thing at night mine wants hugs. He does circles when his people come home and he doesn’t reject you if you are having a bad day.
On a less than stellar day he can heal my soul. He’s licked my tears away and brought smiles no one else can elicit.
Parents are supposed to provide unconditional love. The truth is that not all are able to do this, but dogs love whole-heartedly and with abandon. A dog thinks his owner is irreplaceable.
I remember bringing our second daughter home from the hospital. Before she came home, her scent was offered to the dog. We took a baby blanket she had been wrapped in and sent it home to Bentley. Always and forever he has been her protector. He laid in her doorway at night and stood guard over her in the day.
A dog’s love says:
- You are worth comforting
- You are worth protecting
- Your presence is a blessing
Your dog thinks you are already awesome and worth loving.
You don’t need affection from others to validate your self-worth.
Before measuring our self-worth by others’ opinions we should ask ourselves what importance this person has in our life:
- Why should his or her opinion matter?
- What motivates this action?
- Is this person worth listening to?
- Why do we care so much about what other people think?
"Dog is God spelled backward."— Duane Chapman
Maybe God sent dogs to get through to us when life presents too many barriers.
"Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us, and make our lives a little brighter, and they don’t waste time being afraid of tomorrow."— Dan Gemeinhart
If the world has gone to the dogs we may be better off.
Love like a dog and see the world as a better place.