If you can...
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I just saw this bromide (below) over on the Marley message boards, and I have to say it totally resonated with me. I'm constantly amazed at how guileless dogs are. As I said in the book, a dog doesn't care how much money you make, or what kind of car you drive, or your zip code, or class or race or creed. Except for the variety involving sticks and tennis balls, a dog does not play games.
A while back I was in midtown Manhattan for a meeting with my publisher, and I was walking down Fifth Avenue, the epicenter of America's fabled runaway consumerism. There outside one of the designer shops was a homeless man in a wheelchair, with his mixed-breed dog at his side. I watched as the man hobbled away from his chair to rummage through a trash can. The dog, surrounded by one of the world's most ostentatious displays of wealth, had eyes only for his master. And whenever anyone got too close to the empty chair, he would growl defensively. No powdered lady in a Rolls Royce was going to woo this mutt away to a more comfortable life. And I suppose that, in a nutshell, is why we so love our dogs.
Thanks "Typingfool" for sharing this bit of wisdom, even if the author is unknown....
If You Can..
If you can live without caffeine,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend's limited education,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can honestly say that deep within your heart you have no prejudice
against creed, color, religion, gender preference, or politics,
THEN, you have ALMOST reached the same level of development as your dog.
posted by John Grogan at 6:44 AM