A bumper sticker I'm seeing around town says,
"Wag More. Bark Less."
I like it. Don't you think we'd all be happier if we took a page out of the Golden Retriever playbook and regarded everyone we meet as a long-lost friend?
The older I get, the more I try to erase the threshold of friendship, treating everyone I meet as my buddy——even the bug who found his way into my living room by clinging to the Christmas tree.
Sure, I know there are some people who won't like it when we walk up and nuzzle them, but they're just not our friends yet. Badgers don't like Golden Retrievers. The world wouldn't be very interesting if they did. That's okay.
Badgers are badgers. They'll come around. Someday.
Meanwhile, there's a Yellow Labrador just round the corner!