All emotions stem from either love or fear. We know fear all too well…sadness, anger, anxiety and stress are some ways we feel it. Choosing to love is easy to say, yet hard to do. But it is without a doubt one of the biggest reasons we love our dogs. Their capacity to love unconditionally is something the world needs more of.
If you’ve been away all day, or even for the weekend, they are always happy to see us when we come home. They don’t care if we’ve been wearing the same clothes day after day or if we’re wearing our nicest dress. They don’t keep track of all the wrongs we’ve done and throw it in our faces whenever they think we need a reminder. If you live in the best house in the neighborhood or a tent, they could care less. And it doesn’t matter to them if you have a million bucks in the bank or just $100, they still love us.
With the upcoming holidays, it’s a great time to be reminded of this lesson. As we gather with siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents, nieces and nephews, let us remember we all want the same thing - to be loved. Unconditionally. Leave all the fears and negative feelings at the door and be more like your dog. Even if no one notices or appreciates it, I bet you’ll feel better for having done so!