Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wag More, Bark Less



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!

18 comments:

Being Me said...

I like this very much.. yes we should follow suit..
Merry Christmas to you

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Dan - I had a beautiful golden retriever named, 'Silken'. I learned so much from her and most of it was about acceptance and love. Thank you for this sweet reminder.

Jenny Stevning said...

Beauitful! Wag...wag.

steven said...

dan this brought a smile to my face - the bumper sticker and your comment about everyone being your friend. i talk to most anyone and anything. where do you draw the line between who and what you "let in" and who or what gets excluded. why? i'm grateful that you shared this insight dan. steven

The Pollinatrix said...

This post is very much in keeping with the theme that's going in my life right now. Last night I watched the movie Elf (which, Media Hermit King that you are, you probably haven't seen). But it's a very silly movie about a human orphan that gets raised by Santa's elves and then tries to return to the human everyday world as an adult. And he's the epitome of what you're talking about here.

The aspect that I can't help but think about because of this movie, is that if you're human and you behave like this, you're very likely to make a fool of yourself, and the fear of that may be the biggest deterrent to overcome.

Dan Gurney said...

Being Me. Thanks for dropping by and saying so. I hope you'll perform some random act of kindness today--for someone you don't know.

Dan Gurney said...

Bonnie, I've learned a good deal from dogs as well. Two lessons:

Don't talk so much.

Listen more.

Dogs are popular, I think, because they practice "Wise Speech."

Dan Gurney said...

Hey, Jenny-- wag. wag.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Steven, as teachers, I think we're given more latitude to be outgoing and friendly. Particularly being a kindergarten teacher. I think I'm allowed to be a bit off the scale in terms of friendliness and I'm verrry okay with that.

Dan Gurney said...

And, oh, steven, I didn't answer you questions. I try to NOT draw that line between who I let in and who I exclude. When I feel I must draw that line, I try to keep it fluid.

Keeping people outside my circle of compassion is something I try to avoid as much as possible. We're all human, after all, even the bugs.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Pollinatrix. I haven't seen the movie, you're right. (I'm probably more of a Media Hermit Elf!)

You're also right: I'm not afraid of appearing foolish. The line between foolishness and wisdom, as Shakespeare knew, is a bit blurry.

If people accuse me of being "too nice" I'm likely to take it as a compliment. We like Scrooge much better at the end of the story than at the beginning, yes?

Susan said...

I wear a t-shirt that says this. It's an awesome reminder!!!

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vallari said...

the dogs are so cute

Anonymous said...

I want a dog too!

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Vallari and Anons. Those dogs are cute, huh? I so loved my dog, Champ. He was the dog of our lives.