THE HUGGABLE WATSON
IF A DOG IS SMALL ENOUGH, it might be called a “lap dog”—which means it’s similar to a cat, except with a longer, wetter nose and a loosely hanging tongue. Obviously, bigger dogs have a much harder time convincing their persons that they, too, should be allowed “lap time.” There was never a question in our minds that Watson considered himself to be great lap dog material from the very first. But he didn’t seem to notice that nothing ever came from his repeated attempts.
He did notice, though, that if he just kept hanging around his persons for long enough, the odds were very high that he’d end up getting a full-bodied hug from one of his humans. Maybe from all of us. He loved his hugs, and we loved giving them to him. If we added commentary to our hugs, like saying, “You’re such a good boy, Watson!” he never offered a rebuttal or argued with us. If we needed to talk or share something on our minds, he’d listen quietly and never argue or present a different point of view. He’d always accept the hug, as well as the giver of the hug. No questions asked. Nothing to prove.
Just like a dog. Just like Watson.
Watson’s way was giving. Sometimes it’s part of our personalities to be shy. Sometimes things happen in the lives of humans that can make it difficult to give, even to forgive. Do you find it challenging to be open to others and their needs? Once in a while or most of the time? Whether you are outgoing or shy, what steps might you take today to open up a bit more? What good things do you think could happen?
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