"What Your Pet Can Teach You"
by Cesar Millan
1. Live in the moment. Dogs don't regret the past or worry about the future. If we can learn to appreciate and focus on what's happening in the here and now, we'll experience a richness of living that other members of the animal kingdom enjoy.
2. Nurture a Balanced life. Dogs need to be offered exercise, discipline, and affection every day. Do the same for yourself. We humans are happier if our routines include physical activity, a sense of structure, and the opportunity to give and receive love on a daily basis.
3. Trust you instincts. Animals don't care about words. They recognize that what is really going on in any interaction is beneath the surface. By paying attention to non-verbal cues such as body language and energy, we can learn more about our friends, our loved ones, and ourselves.
4. Learn to Listen. Make the time to lend an ear to those you love or those who want to transform their lives. But don't try to fix their problems.
5. Don't hold grudges. There is a remarkeable lack of conflict in dog packs. That's because members resolve the situation when disagreements arise, then move on. Imagine what our world would be like if we dealt with our conflicts before they escalated out of control. Holding onto negative feeling tends to make them multiply and prevent us from moving forward.
6. Live With Purpose. When dogs are bored they develop issues ranging from anxiety to aggression. But when given a job and a way to contribute to the pack's weel -being, they turn around almost immediately. All animals,-including himans-have an inborn need to work for food and water. Ask yourself how you can contribute more ot your job, your family, and the world around you. You'll feel much better about yourself if you earn your food and water.
7. Celebrate every day. For a dog, every morning is Christmas morning. Every walk is the best walk. Every meal is the best meal. Every game is the best game. We can learn so much by observing the way our pet's rejoice in life's simplest moments. Take time every day to celebrate the many gifts that are hidden in the ordinary events of your own life.