Be the person your dog thinks you are. The person that is the ultimate essence of all things inherently good.
It is true that we all have flaws in many shapes and forms. It’s not just that your dog is accepting of these flaws that we possess, but they literally cannot see them. To your dog you are wonderful right from the moment you wake up in the morning. It does not matter the slightest bit how you look or if you’re having a terrible day, they will never judge you or reject your affection. To your dog you are worth comforting and worth protecting, no matter what the cost.
The natural tendency is to look at what society measures for success in order to validate our place in the world: money, occupation, material possessions, praise, popularity, relationships, etc. But I like to think that the most meaningful measures for gauging success are things that we generally have a lot of control over: our outlook on life, self-affirmation, and gratitude.
I think we all too often get caught up in the belief that we always need something more – something bigger, something better. But really what carries the deepest and truest personal reward is unique to everyone, and always within reach, may it be having children, traveling the world, or running marathons. Thinking about the visceral relationship you have with your dog has the ability to dissect you from the tangle of domineering society and shine light on you, your passion, your soul.
There’s a saying I have heard that goes something like this: “To the world you may just be one person, but to one person you just may be the world.” When another living being loves you so much, why would you ever doubt your self-worth? You should instead strive to live up to that love.
Be the person your dog thinks you are. Be the person that displays the kindness, love, and loyalty you naturally radiate each and every day. Be the person who is a big softie at heart, who has the ability to teach, to learn, and to be patient. Be the person who knows how to trust, to forgive, and to let go of guilt. Be the person that, no matter how difficult, will end any suffering or pain, and know when it’s time to say goodbye.
You are already the person your dog thinks you are, they just want you to believe it.
Somehow I have come to believe in the Me that my dog believes.