“Puppy Love” People

Puppies! We love them, but they sure can be rambunctious even destructive at times. They don’t take no for an answer and they take testing your patience to an art form.

Our nine-month-old weimardoodle, Harper, is no exception. She can go from the most cuddly, loving creature on the planet one moment to “devil dog” the next.

She’s a chewer and a scavenger. She’s constantly looking to get something in her mouth and if it gets our attention that much the better. She’s mauled cords, gloves, rolls of toilet paper; anything that presents an opportunity.

A puppy’s antics can annoy and even anger. Yet, five minutes after scolding Harper for something she’s cuddled up next to me and I’m telling her how much I love her.

Our ability to forgive our little friend is quick and endless. Why aren’t we better at treating other humans with so much grace?

If another human negligently destroyed your shoe or rammed into your car, you’d probably be a little miffed maybe for an hour maybe all day. The puppy does it and you’re over it and moving on.

Why don’t we apply “puppy love” to people? What if we granted loved ones and strangers alike the same level of understanding we give a puppy?

There are all kinds of reasons we could give for this differentiated behavior. A puppy’s just a puppy. They can’t help it. That guy who cut me off in traffic is an adult human being on a mission to ruin my morning.

The fact is our reaction – to the puppy and the imbecilic tweet – are both our choice. If we can choose it with the puppy, we can choose it with other human beings.

Try “puppy loving” someone the next time another person upsets you. The world and your day will be a better place.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

Say I Love 50 Times a Day – Day 170 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Affirmation

The more love I express, the more love I feel.

No word has more impact than a word that follows I. Affirmations are built on I phrases. No word has more innate power to shift your mindset and your heart than love. I’m not speaking of an empty over-used version of the L word. I’m talking about a heartfelt expression of love for the people and things in the world around you.

Here’s my challenge to you. Tomorrow use the phrase I love… at least fifty times. Don’t say it just to say it. Really take a moment to notice all the people and things you love and call them out as you come across them.

Consciously say I love April. I love the summer sky. I love golf. I love my time in the traffic jam because I get to listen to my favorite music. Whatever those things are for you, notice them and say I LOVE to them in your mind or boldly out loud.

The more you fill your consciousness and your day with “I love…” the more gratitude you’ll experience and the better you’ll feel.

This practice is a keeper. Make it a habit to say “I love…” at least fifty times each day and watch the magic happen!

I love all of you and I’m deeply appreciative that you spend a few minutes of your day reading this blog and watching my videos. Thank you so much!

Ray

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