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In this second part of this series I will show you the other 10 lessons left that I learned from my dog “Coco”. There are a total of 20 great and wonderful lessons!!!
Let’s continue with the teachings of the Man’s Best Friend. The most reliable and best animal companion in human history…
11. Be an Explorer – Become curious about trying new things, exploring and going to places you haven’t thought existed.
“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” John Hope Franklin
12. Take a Nap – This is the time to recharge your batteries during the day. In warm climates a siesta is a normal part of the day. This is one of Coco’s favorite :-).
“Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.” Robert Fulghum in 1987 at Middlebury College
13. Stretch – Our body is our temple, and Coco really knows it, the first thing I see her doing every time she wakes up in the morning is stretching. Adding this healthy habit into our life could dramatically help us have more energy and stamina.
“I never struggled with injury problems because of my preparation – in particular my stretching.” Edwin Moses (American track and field athlete who won gold medals in the 400m hurdles at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics)
14. Be Excited – This is a key lesson!!! The more excited you are, the more you are in the zone of expansion, creativity and resourcefulness.
“Get excited and enthusiastic about your dream. This excitement is like a forest fire – you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile a way.” Denis Waitley
15. Expect More – Coco is always expecting more of everything. Expect great things to happen!!!
“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” Zig Ziglar
16. Be in the Present – Today is all you’ve got. Tomorrow might come, and yesterday is already gone. Live 100% in the now!!!
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” Babatunde Olatunji
17. Greet People – Every time someone comes to visit us she start barking. Well, that how she say ‘hi”. Remember to be kind and courteous.
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” George Washington
18. Test Your Limits – Have you seen something you probably couldn’t do? Excess of analysis create paralysis!!! Isn’t easy but you can do it. I remembered a time when Coco was 5 months old. She amazingly jumped over a 3ft wall. My reaction was… WOW!!!
“Feel the fear and do it any way.” Susan Jeffers
19. Play Around – When was the last time you make up time to play? What to play? Play anything… From cards, to Wii, to any outdoors activities like volleyball, basketball, or baseball. Take time to play and play and play until you are tire of playing… Is then when you realized how much you missed being in high school.
“A playful path is the shortest road to happiness.” Unknown
20. Be Creative – If the front door is closed try the back door. If that one is closed too, try a window. Just take a new thinking route to get to your objective. Never give up!!!
“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Ayn Rand
What have you learned from these lessons? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below!!!
These lessons are the real stuff and a great way to live life by. They can be our lighthouses in moments of dark and stress. Now, go out to the real world and start living life to the fullest utilizing this roadmap of lessons.
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