If you have ever heard my presentation on thought swapping, you will have heard the story of how I became a dog lover through the practice of focusing on rewards to having a dog, rather than the negative associations of dogs I carry from my past.
Try to catch the presentation if you can, but in the meantime, I will just tell you the gist of the story.
I fell in love with a dog.
That was about 3 years ago, and he changed my life. It was the first dog I have ever built a relationship with. As with other relationships, I am learning alot from it…
Well, Moonshine, best friend, has been sick this week and it has really connected me to the compassion that can be felt when another is suffering. It connected me to the value I place in him getting healthy, and my willingness to part with savings in order to restore his health. There has been a small amount of sacrifice needed to meet his acute needs, but my love for him far outweighs any inconvenience. I am connecting to gratitude for his amazing vet Dr. Claire who provides in-home services. Moreover, caring for Moonshine reminded me how often I take my health for granted.
Focusing on gratitude for my health, daily, will be an intention of mine moving forward. I am always aware when something doesn’t feel right. I connect with my pain very easily. It is when I start feeling better that I seem to forget how good it feels to be healthy.