Life lessons from the wisest one:)
celebrated a birthday a few days back…..hmm…whats so special about a birthday you might think..:)…birthdays come,birthdays go and we grow older or younger(?:))depends all on one’s perspective,a few dreams fulfilled,some resolutions made ,some regrets about what could have been,hopes of what could be and more……well this one was different…not just any birthday but a very special one…of someone who has changed my family and me in more ways than one………and here she is…the birthday girl
beautiful isn’t she? Ash ..thats what we named her coz of her beautiful ash grey eyes…the one soul who has singlehandedly changed an entire family and our ideas about whats important in life and whats not….to let go of that which isn’t …and to grab hold of that which is ….animals can do that……they have a way all their own…If anyone of you knows someone who is not a dyed in the wool animal lover,the born to save animals,run for president of PETA kind of person….then you know what I mean…..see these people might not hate animals,but they don’t love em either….I personally know quite a few who are true blue vegetarians…but who will scream like a banshee and jump up and down on the couch(if they happen to be in the house..Ash is scarred for life ..what with all the screaming)), if a dog so much as crosses their path…or a cat brushes her tail against their leg,a bird flies too low..(I swear its true…lol..it is….and I still cant stop laughing)…well my own family was one of them….mom and dad couldn’t abide the thought of having a dog (or cat)in the house…they were and are animal lovers…but god knows why not…maybe it was just an idea that had not been tried…
anyway when I was in 11th ,one of my best pals asked whether I would like to take a pup coz her bitch had just given birth….
WHAT???????i mean do we need air to breathe?Is the earth round?do fishes swim??(you get the picture:))so I and my brothers trooped off to her house with our parents in tow…no we didnt tell mom and dad the reason for the visit…..we had already assured them of why it would be a good idea to visit these friends of theirs after so long…(”but papa,its been so long since you met Kohli uncle!”,”yes dad,I mean they have been calling us for ages…..”,and my brother’s masterstroke,”Mom ,I know WE can NEVER have a dog but can’t we just visit Pebbles?”(ash’s mom:D)(do you see the sheer brilliance here?)
so off we went….
and well to cut a long story short here we are……(went offtrack:))
and she has TAUGHT us and how
a few things she has taught us…..
1.Run to greet loved ones when they get back home(even if they have just taken a 5 minute walk to the post office:D)
2.Tell your loved ones how much you love them every single minute of every day…coz thats all you have…right there..that one moment, for who knows what tomorrow might bring
3.Be thankful for all that you have
4.Express that thanks to your loved ones too(a big huge sloppy lick usually does the trick)
5.Never ever pretend to be something that you are not….(though dressing up as a lil ghost on four legs is okay:))
6.Don’t care what religion,what political leaning your friends have….love them just the same…
7.Love others for just being who they are,just them…..no strings attached..
8.Be considerate of other people’s feelings,sit with them,hold their hands when they need you..(or put your face on their knees:))hey!licking their face works just as well:)
9.Be patient…because all good things come to those who wait(and maybe a chew stick or two:)
10.Know when to be silent and just sit and nuzzle those who need you..
11.Forgive and forget ,Even if you are scolded countless times ,run right back and make friends.
12.Enjoy a walk for just what it is…a walk…enjoy the breeze on your face,the smell of earth damp with the first shower of the monsoons..
13.Dig deep ,real deep ,for that is where treasures lie.
14.Never ever betray the sacred bond you have with your loved ones.
15.Make time for a siesta everyday…
16.Relish each bite of your food,savour it as if it were the best meal you ever tasted
17.Touch your loved ones,hug them ,let them know they are loved
18.When you are happy ,SHOW it
19.When you are sad ,share that too
20.Don’t trust outsiders unless they have earned your trust.
21.Be spontaneous…A little lick never hurt anyone
22.Fight for whats rightfully yours( exhibit A:-THE ball:))
23.Be a child every day of your life….
24.Be curious..explore the world around you..
25.Have faith,there’s always a purpose to things(and a treat at the end of it:))
26.Have an unspoken bond with those you love,it will come naturally
27.Trust your instincts,they will not lead you wrong
28.Underneath it all we are all the same(maybe we just seem like a bigger gigantic version of dogs to them:D)
29.Have a sense of humour…(sneak up on your loved ones once in a while,teach them how to laugh:))
30.Never let a loved one leave in anger…patch up ALWAYS
And a lil poem I found quite some time back and one thats very close to my heart…
Why own a dog? There’s a danger you know,
You can’t own just one, for the craving will grow.
There’s no doubt they’re addictive, wherein lies the danger.
While living with lots, you’ll grow poorer and stranger.
One dog is no trouble, and two are so funny.
The third one is easy, the fourth one’s a honey.
The fifth one’s delightful, the sixth one’s a breeze,
You find you can live with a houseful of ease.
So how ’bout another? Would you really dare?
They’re really quite easy but, oh, Lord the hair!
With dogs on the sofa and dogs on the bed,
And crates in the kitchen, it’s no bother, you’ve said.
They’re really no trouble, their manners are great.
What’s one more dog and just one more crate?
The sofa is hairy, the windows are crusty,
The floor is all footprints, the furniture dusty.
The housekeeping suffers, but what do you care?
Who minds a few noseprints and a little more hair?
So let’s keep a puppy, you can always find room,
And a little more time for the dust cloth and broom.
There’s hardly a limit to the dogs you can add,
The thought of a cutback sure makes you sad.
Each one is so special, so useful, so funny.
The vet and food bills grows larger, you owe BIG money.
Your folks never visit, few friends come to stay,
Except other “dog folks” who live the same way.
Your lawn has now died, and your shrubs are dead too,
But your weekends are busy, you’re off with your crew.
There’s dog food and vitamins, training and shots.
And entries and travel and motels which cost lots.
Is it worth it you wonder? Are you caught in a trap?
Then that favorite one comes and climbs in your lap.
His look says you’re special and you know that you will
Keep all of the critters in spite of the bill.
Some just for showing and some just to breed.
And some just for loving, they all fill a need.
God, winter’s a hassle, the dogs hate it too.
But they must have their walks though they’re numb and your blue.
Late evening is awful, you scream and you shout
At the dogs on the sofa who refuse to go out.
The dogs and the dog shows, the travel, the thrills,
The work and the worry, the pressure, the bills.
The whole thing seems worth it, the dogs are your life.
They’re charming and funny and offset the strife.
Your life-style has changed. Things won’t be the same.
Yes, those dogs are addictive and so is the dog game.
”Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France