Last week I mentioned my challenge of faith in bringing more effective thinking into my own life. Several people responded with ideas and comments. One from my friend, Rich, gave me the title to this message.

I live with three dogs. Two are four legged and furry. One is Cathy, who was born in the Chinese Year of the Dog. All three of my dog roommates almost always live, breathe and exhibit positive, effective thoughts and behaviors. What we at Clarity call above-the-line.

Cathy, of course, is a living example and guide to the world of the effectiveness of living in the present moment and doing whatever is necessary to serve her life with positivity and enthusiasm.

The furry ones are also living examples of similar above-the-line behaviors. They live in the present moment always. They are seldom anxious because they know they are loved and safe. They are trusting and playful and receptive to the world around them. With just a few words – “want to go for a walk” – they instantly let you know of their excitement and enthusiasm for their life.

They never show resentment when they are ignored – “Go lay down. The cookie is mine.” They never express their disappointment with their human friends if they don’t get exactly what they want. They accept the treat that was offered with love without saying “but I prefer beef”. They never withdraw from contact because of thoughts of self-pity or resentment. In fact, they are always willing to participate fully with anyone who is kind and compassionate.

Like Cathy, the furry ones know that their lives are filled with abundance and it should be celebrated with love and confidence. They don’t get anxious or worry about whether their life has meaning or whether some neighbor dog has a better pillow. They never pretend they are anything else but loving, supporting, trusting beings. As a result, they empower everyone who comes into their lives.

They don’t wonder if I love them as much as they love me. They are just grateful to have a lap to sleep on and a loving hand to scratch their ears. They are always honest in communicating their needs and wants. They don’t try to manipulate me to get what they want. (Although that cute tilt of the head and the longing look in the sad, brown eyes when wanting a bit of cheese, may be a little manipulative.)

So, instead of worrying about my life “going to the dogs”, I need to remember that my life will be better if I do go to the dogs for an example of how to live, fully alive, in this moment; be grateful for the wonderful life I have, and have faith and trust that all will be as wonderful tomorrow.

Listening to the dog whispers,