I had a bit of an epiphany during the morning dog walk. The act of walking is good for the dogs, good for me, but it represents much more.
Like most things in life, if we rush through the walk to get it over with to cross off an item on the never-fricking-ending-to-do list, we’re missing something good. That one walk, the one this morning, cannot be repeated. There is no do-over, you’ve got one shot at it, so make it count.
We can learn a few things from the walking the dogs, valuable life lessons.
- Make the walk a habit. It’s a way to get going, (get off Facebook) and clear your mind for everything you have on your plate today. You don’t have to think about all that stuff while you walk, but the act of walking the dogs somehow sorts out the list of crap and makes it less daunting.
- Keep your head up. We miss so much rushing through our busy days of work, school, childcare and before you know it – it’s over and you’ve missed out on the important parts of life. Regrets are born. Keep your head up and enjoy what’s going on around you. Take a cue from your dog and live in the moment.
- Focus ahead. When you’re walking the dogs, the only thing that matters is the path ahead. Everything behind you – the past, doesn’t matter. The past has no power over where this walk goes, only you control the walk. The dogs don’t care what’s lurking back there, they’re looking at the new adventures ahead and so should you.
- Maintain a decent pace. The walk isn’t a uncontrolled romp where you pee on all the bushes along the way. (And I mean the dogs, not the human because that can get you in all kinds of trouble) Keep moving and don’t get bogged down in all the distractions along the way.
- Pick up after yourself. Occasionally, one of the dogs will succumb to the call of nature and leave a deposit on the sidewalk or on someone’s lawn. Don’t be that guy who looks to see if anyone is watching before to you attempt to clean up after your dog. It’s your mess, take care of it. It’s no one else’s responsibility to bag and tag.
If you take another look at the list and substitute another task for walking, say writing, or work, or relationships, the principles of the dog walk still apply. So, go walk your dog…
Remember no peeing in the bushes.