It appears that my Labrador, Ridley, reminds me of enough life lessons that he’s being featured monthly in my blog posts – what my life would be like if I was more like my dog.
This first quarter I’ve done a lot of traveling and I’ve seen what appears to be many people out of touch with their environment.
While observing people in airports, I noticed that more and more people seem to be less and less aware of what’s around them. Perhaps it’s the shell shock of unaccustomed airports or travel fatigue.
I’ve seen so many examples of people not thinking. They’re not aware that the size of their massive carry-on over their back is hitting every seated passenger in the head as they try to fit the kitchen sink into the overhead compartment.
They’re not aware that the cart stuffed with their luggage will fall off when they take it down the escalator. Funny, but not really for the people below jumping out of the way of the avalanche of luggage.
Others were not aware until the seatbelt signs go on for landing that they have to now use the loo. Now. Really? Surely there was some inkling that they needed to go sooner than that.
Ridley, however, reminded me that he as a dog does what he knows to do. While he’s not as “in-touch” as a wild animal, he is aware of what’s around him. He is aware of what time his human dad gets home and prepares for that by changing his location to the front door to wait. He reminds me roughly when dinner-time is.
And he tries to slip by that someone must have missed a meal so to feed him (again) please. Once outside, the nose goes up in the air as he stretches to pick up what’s around him. His ears prick up at the slightest noise and then his eyes search out whatever seems to be of interest. He smells the scent of animals then tracks it if interested and sniffs flowers or grazes on grass, blueberries, or a cricket (yuck).
He seems to be more in-tune than many humans of the environment he’s in. When tired or sick, he sleeps. When thirsty, he drinks. One could say he doesn’t have a worry in the world and perhaps that’s the point. Are we in-touch or out of touch with our environment? What brings us more in-tune with it? What takes us away from it?
If you’re tired, do you go to bed or stay up to watch TV? When stiff, do you stretch or keep plugging away at the computer? It’s about tuning-in, while doing whatever we are doing, while also being aware of what’s around us.
I studied for a bit of time with “Little Crow”, an aboriginal apprentice to an elder who taught me many things, especially about awareness of ourselves in our surroundings. In the mid-1990’s, I remember an arrowhead teaching that stuck with me called being “Aware, Awake and Alert”. Are you? If not, what’s your next step?
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