Waldo’s Wisdom: 4 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Your Dog

It’s all about acceptance

There’s no denying that dogs are wise creatures. We’ve been walking alongside you for centuries – watching you love, cry, succeed and fail. We are always there to love you, especially during the times when you forget to love yourself.

While life is filled with ups and downs, dogs are here to remind you about what really matters:

Live in the moment

Have you ever looked at your dog and wondered what they’re thinking? I can tell you what they aren’t thinking about: their regrets of the past or their fears about the future. We are very simple creatures. It’s all about there here and now: the food in our bowl, cuddling on your lap, walking outside, whatever it may be – we are completely in the present.

The next time you are smelling fresh flowers, admiring a sunset, or tasting your favorite food, remember the words of W. Bruce Cameron:

That’s the lesson of the dogs, that it’s important to both live in the moment and then go on to the next wonderful thing.

Forgive and forget

If you accidentally step on our tails, we won’t hold a grudge about it. We forget about it in less than a minute. People should take note: you are only hurting yourself by holding on to anger and resentment. Being unable to forgive only prolongs your pain.

Forgiveness isn’t simply about letting go for the other person’s sake; forgiveness will set you free.

My dogs forgive anger in me, the arrogance in me, the brute in me. They forgive everything I do before I forgive myself.”

– Guy de la Valdene

Unconditional love and acceptance of others

Animals are non-judgmental. They love and accept you for exactly who you are. You may have just lost your job or broken up with someone. But as soon as you walk in the door, we are going to greet you with enthusiasm, and make you feel loved and appreciated.

Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.

– Cesar Millan

Acceptance is the foundation on which every relationship is built, and the key to developing deep and meaningful connections with others. Being accepting of others means practicing kindness and compassion without conditions. It means letting go of criticism and focusing on being positive.

Always make time for play

Dogs find the excitement in everything. Simply seeing you come home after being apart for a few hours is enough to make us happy. For us, it really is about the simple things.

Caught up in the stress of day-to-day life, people lose sight of what brings them joy and forget to enjoy the playful moments in life. Dance to your favorite song, lose yourself in a good book, go for a run on the beach – whatever lights you up and brings you joy.

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring—it was peace.”

– Milan Kundera

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