Someone once said that if you know how to listen everyone is a guru. I always liked that saying and what it implied. And It wasn't until recently that it really hit home. We often think that our teachers need be these way out of reach figures who have achieved things we cant even fathom. We buy their books, scroll though their social media accounts for tidbits of wisdom that deep down we hope will one day sink in. All the good stuff is out there happening to someone else. In the meantime life goes on as usual while we're forced to cope with the most uninteresting possible version of reality; our own.
The reason this saying strikes me is because it can be applied to anyone's life, not tomorrow, or when something interesting happens, but right now. Believe it or not, right this very second someone is saying ( or not saying) something just for you, and it's worth paying attention to.
So what happens when this "teacher" comes in the form of bagel? By bagel I mean, basset hound and beagle mix. (Even though sometimes a sesame bagel might also be exactly what one needs to get through the day.)
Just a month ago I surprised myself and everything around me by adopting a dog. Let's just say that when you are living at home and working temp gigs the last thing you need is another responsibility that takes up more time and energy. Frankly, I didn't know why I made that decision, until now. Roscoe, my little guy, has kind of become somewhat of my personal guru.
Here are the 3 simple ways he has enriched my understanding of life:
1. WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO: Alarm clock? Pshhhh, no thanks, I got a hound for that. The morning stare down begins promptly a little past 6:30. It's been a wake up and move for the past 55 days. And he's not kidding around, this little one gets my circulation going and my lungs pumping before I can even think of hoping on any facebook page or the email rabbit hole. And you know what, it's helped me tremendously in starting the day off with a cleared mind and less cranky mood.
2. LUV ME LUVE ME LUVE ME: Jeez Louise, talk about needy. We're so conditioned to be self-reliant, independent and not really show others when we really crave their attention, right? Well you can toss that formula out the window because there is something so beautifully tender about showing someone that you'd really, like REALLY, like their affection. And while it's not like I've become an attention freak myself, let's just say he's inspired me to open up a little more.
3. SHHHH: You'd think that a bond can only go so deep considering I dont speak dog and he doesn't speak English; and yet, what has been happening speaks volumes more. Energy, intention, and sheer presence is enough to communicate maybe not everything, but definitely the things that matter most. He feels peace and a sense of belonging and I can sense that every time I look at him or hold him. As for me, I have found a friend who shares my often time chaotic space without judgement.
So next time, before you go off looking for a holier than thou figure to impart some wisdom take a look around. Slow down your automated response of wanting to call everything "normal" and put your investigator hat on. Scan your immediate environment for clues, and be prepared to be surprised by something or someone nearby waiting to show you just that thing that you hadn't been able to see.