“The time to save is now. When a dog gets a bone, he doesn’t go out and make a down payment on a bigger bone. He buries the one he’s got“. ~ Will Rogers
I like to call it ‘dog wisdom’ or things we can learn from a dog. If you know anything about me, you know that I’m a dog lover, not only because of their everlasting loyalty and unconditional love, but also because they live their day to day with a wisdom I often envy. I sometimes view population as such; dogs and the rest of us.
While the ‘rest of us’ approach every New Year with a newfound sense of rebirth or unparalleled energy to make a change, achieve or attain a goal or two, dogs approach every New Year like the last and the one before that. It’s simple. Master it than live it, every year. While I’m certainly not comparing the complexities the rest of us share with that of dogs, I do think there’s quite a bit of dog wisdom we can incorporate into our daily life for a better more fulfilling New Year and life.
Inspired by my own furry friend, here’s a rather distinctive, unconventional list of New Year’s resolutions to consider for your enjoyment and inspiration.
- Never pass up the opportunity for a joy ride.
- Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
- When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
- When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
- Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
- Take naps and stretch before rising.
- Run, romp and play daily.
- Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
- Be loyal.
- Never pretend to be something you are not.
- If you want what lies buried, dig until you find it.
- When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
- Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
- On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.
- When you are happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
- No matter how often you are scolded, do not get into the guilt thing and pout… run back and make friends.
- Bond with your pack.
- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.