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  • Jan Ockendon

Be More Dog

A patient I was working with some time back told me she had been watching TV and had seen an advert that had interested her. I think the advert had been for a phone company and involved a cat who claimed to have become "more dog". When we talked about this the "be more dog" statement had come to be associated with letting go of some of the stresses of life and just going with what each day gives you.

If you watch a dog going about his/her day everything is interesting or curious. They take pleasure in simple things such as walking in the woods. The smells, sights and sounds of every day life offer a never ending source of fascination. As long as they have a home, food and a family who love them dogs are happy.

What could we learn from dogs? How often do we stop and just appreciate what we have around us? Our family, a roof over our heads and food in the cupboards. How easy would it be to develop a new habit of taking a moment from each morning to just express gratitude for what we have before we start to think about the day ahead. To stop and consider all that is good about what we have. It is all to easy to think about what we don't have and what challenges we have in life and overlook what we have to be thankful for.

Why not try going through what has been good about the day when you get into bed at night. When you wake in the morning think about all the good things the day has in store. Who knows maybe dogs are onto something we could find some benefit from .

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