Once upon a time there were two dogs. One dog was small, super friendly, but very sick. The other was bigger, more guarded and very old. Both dogs needed to take medication twice a day which was fine, until the dog owners needed to go out of town for the weekend. Soon, they found a dog sitter that could dispense the medications in their absence.
The friendly dog had to ingest the most meds and getting them down was no small feat. They needed to be crushed, soaked in broth and then squirted into the mouth, which the caretaker did. Afterward, the dog sputtered and gagged and ran away. However, a few minutes later, the little dog came wagging her tail to the side of the caretaker.
The wary dog needed less medication easily ingested by hiding whole pills in raw ground meat. But when the caretaker put their hand out, the older dog growled, wanting no part. The caretaker left the meatball in the dog’s feeding dish.
After two doses of the medication, the friendly dog followed the caretaker everywhere. Despite not loving the medicine taking process, the little dog wagged her tail when she saw the caretaker.
The wary dog, however parked herself behind a chair where she could keep an eye on the caretaker and growled if they came too near. This posed a separate problem as the older dog, also arthritic, needed to take regular walks in order to do her business. The caretaker, in the hopes of avoiding carpet accidents, decided they would rather be bitten than clean up a big pet mess. While the slower-moving dog was standing near her feeding bowl, the caretaker quickly slipped the choke-chain around her neck.
They went for a walk. The old dog had a productive walk, and afterward, the caretaker fed the dog meatballs from their hand—no more growling!
What does this mean for you?
Pets, like their humans, are creatures of habit. Many of us don’t want to be pulled out of our security sector. Some of us adapt to change very easily. We take life as it comes, and try to make room for life out of the ordinary. We embrace it as adventure.
Or we can be like the older dog viewing every change as a threat to our comfort, as a negative that may cause us harm. Even when good people come or good opportunities present themselves, we are more likely to be closed and miss out.
I used to be like the older dog. Every opportunity was met with “no.” Then one day, a big chance came along—a move to another city, in another state. Would I stay where I was, doing what I was already doing, with the people I knew, and the places I was familiar with? Or, would I travel hundreds of miles away from everyone who was dear to me and completely start over—plunge into the great unknown? What about housing? What about a job? What about bills? What would you have done? You will never be as resourceful as when you have no other option but to make it.
I took the leap and it changed my life. While I don’t automatically adapt to every single change that comes my way, I’m more flexible than I used to be. There were times I had to do them practically against my will, but most of them turned out all right and in most cases, I enjoyed the experience.
Can you recall in your own life a few times when you were against something but ended up doing it anyway and it worked out? In hindsight, it’s easy to see that it was for the best. At the front-end, not so much. So are you wrestling with new circumstances? What is the opportunity before you that you’re fighting against? What is the biggest downside? What is a major advantage? Be sure to post in the comments and tell us so we can cheer you on!