I remember the day I brought Starbuck home from the animal shelter. He was an eight-week-old puppy, a mix of Shepherd and Lab, with paws the size of a grizzly bear.
Nothing could make him happier in the entire world, than when I would throw a big branch for him to retrieve. He never tired of this, seeming to want me to throw it a hundred times in a row. Each time I threw it, he bounded after it like it was the very first time. And when I would finally tire of the game, he would accept it, and nuzzle up to me, just letting me know that he loved me
Then as we would walk, that little puppy would drag it along in his mouth. It was twice as long as he was and weighed almost as much. But nothing made him more content.
You see the same thing in babies. They have such a wide-eyed wonder of the world that is so magical. They can watch a bubble drift by as if it contains all the wonder of the universe. Which of course, it does.
Puppies and babies don’t judge you, and they don’t ask you to change. They just love you the way you are.
We can learn a lot from kids and animals. We can offer the unconditional love and forgiveness of a dog. We can practice the joy, wonder and acceptance of a child. We can stop judging and condemning people for their actions. And we can choose to see the good in others, knowing that it brings out our own good.
You up for that?