Mom has been super busy lately, and apparently that means she’s not had any time to write blog posts. So I decided to write a guest post on her blog, because: 1) I’m a super-helpful dog (as we all know) and 2) I’m getting a little tired of listening to Mom complain about being too busy to keep up with her blog. I’m hoping if I take over for a few days that will both put her mind and ease and give my ears a break. I believe that’s what they call a “win-win” situation.
Sometimes I wish that I could talk directly to Mom in a way that she would understand, but so far our communication is limited to words like “stay,” “sit,” “potty break,” “let’s go for a walk” and “get off the couch.” But if I could sit her down for a heart-to-heart conversation, I would tell her that she really needs to stop fretting so much when her schedule gets so crowded that she can’t keep up with everything. Why humans insist on believing that they can “do it all,” don’t ask me. But I know it’s a myth that many of them, including my mom, believe in.
We dogs know better. We know that life is all about priorities and the way to keep from getting all stressed out and overwhelmed is to know exactly what is most important in our lives and behave accordingly. For example, one of my duties as the dog of the house is to greet guests, and I’m good at it. When someone first comes through the door, I race toward them and then (if Mom isn’t quick enough to stop me), I jump up and lick their face to show them just how glad I am they’re here.
But even though greeting guests is great fun, it isn’t my top priority. If someone comes over when I’m eating my dinner, I just go right on eating. And if I happen to be in the middle of a good nap when someone walks in the door, even if it’s Mom and Dad, I don’t jump up to say hello. I’ll open my eyes briefly and give a tiny tail wag by way of welcome, but that’s it. Because in my opinion, eating and sleeping are top priorities, whereas being a one-dog welcoming committee is not. Which is why I don’t feel guilty about neglecting my greeting duty when I’m eating or sleeping.
I’d love to tell Mom that it’s really okay to neglect things like blogging, attending meetings, volunteer obligations, cleaning house, etc. once in a while, especially if she’s neglecting them because she’s doing things that are more important. You know, such as babysitting the grandchildren, going on a much-needed vacation or celebrating the holidays with family. Or even just plain old taking a little time to herself for a change. But since I can’t actually tell her, the best I can so is set a good example and hope she manages to learn from it….