Enjoy the MomentPosted: July 26, 2013
There are so many things about life and the way it ought to be lived that dogs could teach to humans, but today I am going to concentrate on the life lesson I shared this week with my human mommy. Here it is: Enjoy the moment. A few days ago, my mommy turned to me and said, “Oh, Miss Harper Lee, I think I’ll never ever catch up.” And I looked back at my mommy and replied, as only a Golden Retriever can, “Maybe it’s just time to give up on catching up and enjoy the moment.” Humans spend an awful lot of time worrying about the past. I cannot begin to tell you the number of times I’ve heard my mommy say, “Oh, I should have . . . ” or “Oh, I never got around to . . . ” or “Oh, that still needs to be done.” Have you ever once seen a dog fret over what happened–or didn’t happen–five minutes ago, much less yesterday, last week, or years back? No. The past is the past, and every dog knows that it’s time to move on. Which brings me to the humans’ obsession with the future. I have noticed that some humans spend so much time worrying about and planning for the future that they forget to enjoy the present. All dogs know that each daily walk will come to an end, but that doesn’t stop us from pausing (or trying to pause) and smelling every single thing we can along the way. So my message to you humans is this: Don’t worry about what you didn’t accomplish yesterday, and don’t worry about what still needs to be done tomorrow. On your daily walk, stop and smell every single thing you possibly can. In other words, enjoy the moment.
Wow! I got all philosophical on you, didn’t I? Now that that’s over, are you ready to see how my mommy and I forgot about the past, put the future in the future, and enjoyed the moment? I grabbed a stick and started chewing, and my mommy actually stopped doing whatever it was she was doing and sat in the grass with me and watched me enjoying my stick. Simple pleasures . . . that’s another life lesson for another day.
My mommy and I also spent a little quality time in the kitchen baking Banana Oat Cookies from Miss Jude’s recipe at welcome to our 3mbakery. Yummy, yummy, yummy! They were so delicious that my humans even had a taste (or two). I have to figure out how to keep my humans from begging for my excellent homemade treats. Tomorrow is my final obedience class in this session, so my mommy and I are going to package some Banana Oat Cookies to share with my classmates. Shhh . . . it’s a surprise.
And speaking of obedience class, Mommy and I spent a little time practicing the command “Watch Me.” This seems to be a very important command, and I have become a bit lax with it. There are just so many interesting things happening all around me, so can you really blame me when my attention strays a bit? Apparently so; therefore “Watch Me” got some extra attention this week. I wonder if I’ll score style points for daintily extending my left paw? It’s worth a try.
The highlight of my week came when I got to go Christmas shopping. No, I was not getting a jump on regular Christmas shopping–remember, we are concentrating on enjoying the moment here. I was shopping for Christmas in July. I’m doing a very fun blog dog gift exchange and I have been matched with a handsome young Scottie named Ranger. Naturally, I cannot show you what’s in the box . . . after all, it’s a gift and it’s supposed to be a surprise . . .
. . . but I also cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about the gifts that I am sending to Ranger. I have sniffed each and every single thing that is in this box. I may even have had a toy or two in my mouth . . . just briefly. But that’s the lesson for today: Enjoy the moment. Look at the gifts in front of you every single day. Don’t worry about the past–it’s over. Don’t fret too much about the future–it’s not even here yet. It’s time for humans to start living as if they were Golden Retrievers . . . and just enjoy the moment.