Blog, Not Dog
As I sit to write this, I have four little eyes staring at me. Two from my Silky Terrier, Tyler, and two from my Yorkshire Terrier, Livvie. I said “blog, not dog!” But as they look up at me, I know all they are thinking about is when I’m going to be done working so I can throw a Frisbee, when will we go for a walk, and if they are really good while I work, will I give them a treat. And then I think of everything they teach me on a daily basis. Nothing earth shattering. Nothing you haven’t heard before. Just simple life lessons as known by dogs.
- Take a walk every day. Get some exercise, no matter how little it is. I have a fitness watch that buzzes at me when I haven’t had significant movement in an hour. Some days that thing drives me crazy and seems to go off every 10 minutes – nope, it’s been an hour. Maybe it means parking farther from the restaurant for your lunch meeting. Maybe you will take the stairs instead of the elevator when going into that office building. Whatever you can do, you will be better for it.
- Forgive and forget. I must admit, my two “babies” sometimes fight with one another. Jealousy, dominance, whatever it is, they get ticked off sometimes. 10 minutes later, they are playing or laying with each other. Humans get upset at each other but we should be able to talk it out – even yell it out at times – and then work it out. We don’t do anyone any good by holding grudges. We’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all hurt someone. So, next time you feel the need to get upset, don’t let it linger. Chances are, the person you are upset with is already over it and you are just making yourself miserable.
- Stare out the window. My dogs have a chair they like to perch on in our living room. It is by a window. They will sit there for hours and let you know when the neighborhood kids are walking to school, when the UPS driver stops by, or (heaven forbid) a cat decides to lounge in one of “their” porch chairs. A lot of those hours, however, are spent just looking out the window. I don’t know if they daydream but I think that’s what we should do every day. Stare out the window for a minute. Think of all the possibilities that lie ahead – and then go make them happen.
- Greet your loved ones enthusiastically. This is a big one for my girls. I have gone out to my car to go to work and had to go back in because I forgot something, literally less than one minute later, and you would think that I had been gone for two weeks. The excitement that those two show in their greeting makes me smile every time. Sometimes I am so engrained in what I am doing, I barely acknowledge people. Not good. It’s not that I don’t care. I get busy. But, we need to take the 15
seconds it takes to look someone in the eye, say hello, and let them know we are glad to see them. Believe me, if I dare allow myself to think of a day without one of my dogs, I can scarcely bare it. I don’t want to regret not treating my human loved ones with the enthusiasm I should, every day.
- Live every day like it’s the BEST DAY EVER! This one is the epitome of a dog’s life in my eyes. Last week I saw a dog and his owner on a walk through the neighborhood, probably before the owner left for work. This dog was romping through the grass as if he had never smelled fresh air and felt the breeze on his fur. I swear he was smiling. At that moment, I thought to myself, “I bet he and his owner do this every day – maybe even twice a day. And I bet he acts the same every time.” Whether it’s just feeling good enough to get out of bed, meeting your goals, a promotion, or a baby being born, we should find joy in it. Today is the BEST DAY EVER!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.