Pets Remind Our Souls of Joy
Here are some of the ways I can be the person my pets wants me to be, and be the person I want to be as well. I know that whatever life brings me, joy is still always there for the taking. I just need to slow down sometimes and take a lesson from my pets.
Connect with others.
Our relationships with others nurture our soul. We may neglect our friends because of our work or other interests. We may just get busy and forget to stay in touch. Take time to connect—a text message, an email, a brief call to someone we care about nurtures us AND the recipient.
When we look to our dogs, they need our connection on a daily basis. They need our love, time, and attention. When we stay connected with others, it feeds our soul and helps to lead us to a longer and healthier life.
Enjoy today for what it is.
We can spend time regretting the past and worrying about the future, but I have learned that the solution will not be found that way. Spinning my wheels thinking about things that I cannot change (past, present and future) is not productive. I waste positive energy with anxious thoughts.
Our pets live for today—and so can we. We can consciously strive to appreciate every moment as it comes and be grateful for what we have in our lives, as imperfect as life is sometimes. Like all animals, when we live in the present, we can have more enthusiasm, joy for life, and less worry.
Forgiveness may be something we want to feel, but we may find it difficult to carry out. The payoff in not forgiving is that we can continue to blame others for how we feel and we remain the victim.
When you study animal packs, there is rarely a conflict, as the members of the pack solve their problems and move on. Our pets don’t hold a grudge or worry about what happened yesterday. Forgiveness gives us back our power, as we regain a sense of wholeness, peace, and the ability to move on with our lives.
Trust your intuition.
Many of us have not developed or have lost touch with our intuition. We listen to words, but neglect our inner feelings. We may feel uneasy about a certain situation, but neglect what our body is telling us.
Our pets understand what is going on beneath the surface, as they are led by their instincts and rely on their gut reactions. We have these clues as well. Hone in on your intuition and it will guide you to a life of peace and serenity.
When any of us have a traumatic situation, we can get off track and spend too much time focused on the situation, neglecting the other areas of our life. I have, at times spent too much time worrying about the problems of others. I’ve learned that we shortchange not only ourselves, but also those around us.
Notice how well a dog does when his/her life is balanced. Dogs need their exercise, a big dose of love, and structure to their daily routine, and so do we. When we balance our life, the stress fades to the background and we enjoy life that much more.
Stretch it out!
Dogs and cats know to take their time and enjoy a good stretch! Take that moment for yourself a few times a day and give yourself the luxury of a soulful strrrreeetttch or a pause that refreshes you. We forget to create these good moments for ourselves—sometimes our lives overwhelm us with busy activities. So take a beat from your pet and claim a few ‘me’ moments for yourself each day.
Set clear boundaries.
We teach others how to treat us. Many of us have a hard time setting boundaries that are clear and believable. We can waver and be indecisive, and those close to us may not know where our boundaries begin or end.
Close, connected relationships start with clear and consistent communication. Our relationship with our pets is a perfect example. When the rules are clear and consistent and regular, our pets do well; otherwise they are confused about what is acceptable behavior.
Make every day special.
Sometimes we can let days go by and get swallowed up in our routine. Every day is the same and our excitement is lacking.
Have you ever noticed how our pets find everyday life exciting? They can’t wait to eat, go for their walk, see you come home, play with a toy, or greet a visitor. We can learn so much by observing how our pets have enthusiasm for the simple joys of everyday life.
Everyday can be special for us as well. When we take the time to look, we may find our joy is still there waiting to be rediscovered.