Thursday, May 22, 2008

Are we dogs yet?

I open motivational email when the word “dog” is in the subject line. Love dogs. Hope you find this inspirational too. I revised it for association execs. Original doesn’t say who the author is ….

Upon the death of his dog, a six-year old boy wondered why dogs live shorter lives than most humans. After thinking about it said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life - like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” He then continued, “Well dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.”

What association managers can learn from our dogs:

"1. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
2. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
3. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
4. Take naps.
5. Stretch before rising.
6. Run, romp, and play daily.
7. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
8. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
9. On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
10. When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
11. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
12. Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
13. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
14. When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience."

- author unknown

And my advice for any colleague (as the saying goes ...): "If you want a friend, get a dog."

Picture from this site.

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