How Pets Can Teach Us about Our Human Life?

If you can start the day without caffeine;
If you can get going without pep pills;
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains;
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles;
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it;
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time;
If you can forgive a friend's lack of consideration;
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when, through no fault of your own, something goes wrong;
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment;
If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him;
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend;
If you can face the world without lies and deceit;
If you can conquer tension without medical help;
If you can relax without liquor;
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs;
If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed or color, religion or politics; then, my friend, You Are Almost As Good As Your Dog'.

 How Pets Can Teach Us about Our Human Life?

Indeed! If we think about what pets can teach us, a huge list of positive ‘being a human’ skills will be figured out. Having a puppy or a kitty does not only make us less lonely and depressed but also can play a big role in our personal development.

All we need to learn the lesson is just to pay attention and try to draw a parallel between a pet’s behavior and facts about human relationships. They’re a wonderful example of a mindful living, how could you not notice it before?

Unfortunately, in today’s world, unconditional love is not a common thing in human relationships. On the contrary, the love of a pet is something completely different: they don’t love you BECAUSE – they love you NO MATTER WHAT. Love without judgment and conditions is the most beautiful and important thing pets can teach us.

2. Trust without Wavering

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” ― Mark Twain. Can you disagree that the trust of your pet is truly boundless? Learn this devotion that your pet shows in you, and your life will never be the same. Trust your closest ones, trust in yourself, trust that the universe is working in your favor.

3. Live Today

Surprisingly, pets more often savor the moment than people. They don’t worry about the future and don’t sacrifice about the past; they live right now and carry about their current basic needs only. Just like a dog can find something interesting in a yard it knows inside out, learn to figure out something special in every single day, even if it’s going to be an average day stuffed with routine.

4. Listen to Your Heart

Or, at least, heed your instincts. Animals are extremely attentive to their senses, they’ll never do something if they don’t want to or feel like don’t need to. People do the opposite: they regularly ignore what their inner voice is trying to say. People are too busy to stop and listen to their hearts. But is there any real reason to rush that much and neglect our true wishes?

5. Forgive without Regrets

Let's admit that we’re not always ideal owners. Sometimes, we are too lazy to get up early in the morning and go for a walk, sometimes we work long hours and come home late while our pets are bored and even hungry staying alone at home, sometimes we wash them, give medicines, and do other stuff they hate. Other times, we may speak harshly toward them or ignore them completely. However, their offense never lasts for a very long time – thus, loyalty and forgiveness are other amazing things pets can teach us.

6. Take Responsibility Consciously 

“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed” ― Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry. Especially for kids, living with a pet gives a deep understanding of huge responsibility for their actions. Besides, our smaller friends make us more organized and more conscientious about our actions. The children who regularly care of pets can associate responsibility with positive results, eventually, it leads to more success in adult life. 

7. Be Patient

Any pet requires a lot of patience. In some sense, this experience can be a good preparation for the future child. You’ll have to put up with the fact the fur will appear on your perfectly clean floors with cosmic speed, the animal returning from the walk can gallop from the front door right to the sofa with all the dirt on its paws. Your pet will probably require breakfast at 5 am or sleep in your bed trying to occupy more space and push you out. And in all these inevitable situations, as well as in hundreds of others, you’ll have to keep calm, be patient, and keep loving your little friend.

Inability to take time to rest, celebrate the life and enjoy it is one of the most upsetting facts about human relationships. Don’t take yourself so seriously, let go of your inner critic and the judgments of others – and make time to re-energize whenever you need it. 

“While a dog loves to chew bones, the human mind loves problems… Every animal has important lessons to teach us if we would only stop, look and listen.” – Eckhart Tolle. Written by Linda Mathews

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