April 2013: Editor's Note
Author: Maggie Washo
Life Lessons from Lucy
You know, some days I feel like a terrible person. I snap. I judge. I don’t think before I speak. And as soon as those mean words leave my mouth I think, “I’m a donkey’s behind!”
Sometimes in the heat of the moment I forget to remind myself that whoever is irritating me right now most likely has a lot going on. There is always an underlying reason for someone’s actions or reactions. I don’t know why this has been on my mind a lot this month—maybe because allergies tend to make people irritable (True story. Google it.), and we are currently being inundated with amorous flowers and trees. On this island, that equals a whole lot of cranky people!
My train of thought was interrupted by a smiling Bernese mountain dog bounding into my office with a squeaky lion in her mouth, tail wagging. I resolved right then to take some life lessons from Lucy, starting with the following:
1) Be happy (and SHOW IT) to see the people you love. I know we can’t wag our tails, but a great big smile sure can make someone’s day.
2) Don’t forget to stretch. Ever notice how dogs do this repeatedly throughout the day? There has to be something to that.
3) Be patient. Every morning when I’m putting on makeup and drying my hair, Lucy lies on the floor in my bedroom, just waiting patiently for our big fun day at the office. She doesn’t harass. She just waits. Patiently.
4) Be thankful for small treats. For Lucy, it’s a Beggin’ Strip from our accountant first thing in the morning. For me, that first cup of coffee is pretty wonderful.
5) Be nice to strangers. I wish I were as outgoing as my dog. She whines, barks and gets so excited to meet a new neighborhood puppy. I need to work on this one.
6) It’s always a good time to take a nap. On second thought, I already have this one down.
7) PLAY! Sometimes we forget to do this, but it’s so important to ensure that we are good at everything else we do. Go ahead. Take a vacation.
If I’m not smiling the next time you see me, call me out on it.