We all know that our dogs are a mirror of ourselves. When our self-esteem is high and we feel good about ourselves, our dogs pick up on our confidence and are drawn to us. By becoming better versions of ourselves, we present our dogs with a truly balanced
leader… someone they can depend on. Someone who gives them consistent rules and structure. Someone who can be trusted to keep them safe. Someone who will advocate for them and their needs.
But first, we must become that person and leader. We must endeavor to improve our lives and ourselves first or we’ll be no good to anyone, including our family, dogs, or ourselves.
So in lieu of the traditional list of New Year’s resolutions, I propose that we focus on changing our perspective about life. Let’s love more. Forgive more. Connect with our friends more – not just on Facebook or by texts, but face to face or at the very least, with a phone call. Let’s judge less and make real efforts to understand each other. Let’s compliment each other more, and criticize less. Let’s support one another and help each other achieve our goals. Let’s comfort others if they’re in pain. Let’s encourage others if they’ve lost hope.
And the biggies? Sometimes there are people in our lives that bring us down, whether it’s intentional or not. Forgive them. Not just for their sake, but for your sake. Unforgiveness will destroy your spirit. It may be in your best interest to distance yourself from certain people, or terminate the relationship altogether. Continuing to accept poor treatment from someone will make it impossible for you to grow or feel good about yourself. Let them go, but make sure you truly forgive them first.
And last, but most importantly, practice gratitude, gratitude and more gratitude. Nothing will get you further than being thankful for where you’re at right now. And thank others – the waitress who serves you, the pastor who guides you, the employee who washes your car. Giving thanks is contagious and it’s the easiest way in the world to bring light and joy to others.
“Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Happy New Year!