Lessons In Life Learned From Pets and For Me True Happiness
Maybe It's the Simple Things In Life That Really Matter
This hub was written when I began answering the question posted by Peggy W "What Lessons in Life Have You Learned From Your Pets". Just click on your pets and take a look at some of the answers and then post your own. It's amazing what we learn from them when you really think about it.
Most of the lessons I've learned in life have been the hard way, until my pets started teaching me that sometimes it's just that simple. Most of us grow old in life still seeking a purpose or struggling with trying to find true happiness. We look for it in phrase and love from others or in the amount or cost of material things we possess. The problem is sometimes finding true happiness is so simple we dismiss it as not possibly being the right answer because it's to easy.
Here are just of a few of the lessons in life I have learned from my pets which have literally changed the true meaning of happiness for me.
Mom I Have A Bo Bo and I Made One For You Too
It's About Time We Got Supper and Now We Gotta Share
#1 Unconditional Love
My pets don't care if I'm having a bad hair day, that I'm a good 50 lbs overweight, what my political or religious beliefs are, the color of my skin or how attractive I am, they love me for me
They don't ask me to change things about my personality or get pissed when I can't stay focused on one thing for more than a few minutes It doesn't matter they are still there to jump in the bed with me every night no matter what.
If I lose my temper (not very often anymore) they don't hold a grudge and are there waiting at the gate when I get home
If I make a mistake, no matter how big or small they are forgiving and don't throw it up in my face everyday, allowing me to move on and learn from it.
They are patient with me when breakfast or supper is running a little late.
They still snuggle close even if I just want to have a good cry.
They're happy for me when I'm excited and show it by wagging their tail and wanting to give me a big old kiss on the cheek (Yuck)
They love me unconditionally no matter what, and I in turn do the same for them..
I Laughed Until I Cried and Mom I Just May Need A Bath
Come On You Know You Want To
#2 Happiness Can Come From the Strangest Places
Five years ago if you would have told me I'd rather stay home and be playing in the yard with the dogs and horses instead of going to the bar or shopping I would have told you you've lost your mind. Now there is just about nothing I'd rather be doing, (ok maybe writing).
It's like when a child walks up to you with a baseball glove and wants to play catch, they know when you need a break even if you don't realize it. They look at me carrying their stick or whatever they want to play with as if to say life is to short not to stop and smell the roses, take a break.
It doesn't matter if I'm walking upfront to get the mail or out back to feed they want to be right there as if was a pleasure doing it, which makes it just that, a pleasure. How soon we forget that simple little walk and feasting in all we should be thankful for.
When they're running to the pond to play and take that cooling off dip it's as if they turn around to see if I'll join them and I try to grab a hold of what I can only perceive as wanting to do everything with those you love and thinking about someone else first.
#3 That More Joy Can Come From Sharing and Caring Than Receiving
A lot of people think I go overboard when it comes to cooking for my dogs or the treats and food for my horses Getting up every 4 hrs to raise a baby deer, or baby wild pigs or skunks.
You see when I doctor that horse or dog, and they slip their head under my arm and look up at me with those big eyes there is no greater feeling of peace and gratitude. When that baby deer grows into a big old buck and he still wants to give me kisses, it's beyond words.
But the gratitude isn't from them it's from me, for them teaching me to be patient when they need to learn, to be grateful for that which is at my very fingertips, and joy for teaching me that true happiness can be found in my own front yard.
You Probably Get By Now That Pets Have Been Some of My Greatest Teachers
Since the time I can remember there have always been pets in my life who have taught me in the same way they love, unconditionally
They don't criticize when I take to long, demean my skills when I can't stay focused, nag consistently because the grades aren't good enough. They let me pour my heart out for as long as it takes if that's whats needed or jump and twist in circles to celebrate an achievement no matter how large or small
Pets allow us to be human and work at our own pace because in the end you can usually find true happiness in your own front yard, and I'm still me unconditionally.
Have an incredible day and have you hugged your pet today? I have more than once.
Time to go play fetch. Maybe this time they'll go get the stick