Hello. My name is Captain Jack and I’m the terribly charming, witty, and intelligent pal of my human, Dan. I’ve been observing human behavior and have come to the conclusion that you all can learn a lot from dogs. Especially me. You see, I’m a Jack Russell and we are unquestionably the smartest dogs on the planet. Welcome to my column…
The Mayans got it wrong. It sounds like these dudes from a long, long time ago had it fixed that December 21st was going to be the end of the world. Because of that, a whole bunch of people turned into Chicken Little and thought the sky would come crashing down on that Friday a few weeks ago. Me…I wasn’t worried. I didn’t bury any bones or hide things for finding later in case I survived the holocaust. In fact, I think the Mayans got misquoted. Happens all the time.
It never ceases to amaze me how easily humans get distracted. Things like Mayan calendars, social media babble, and Justin Bieber music can keep you from staying focused on what’s really important. Dogs get a bad rap for being undisciplined. I beg to differ…we don’t get distracted to the point of destruction.
When we decide we want to sleep, we sleep. When it’s time to eat, we do it quickly and move on. When we want to play, we set our full focus and energy on it. When bigger priorities arise, we attend to them. For example, if I’m asleep and someone knocks on the door, I bark like crazy and make a lot of noise and fuss until I deem that the person at the door is friend and not foe. Once that’s been determined, I’m right back to sleep. Humans on the other hand might end up sending a lot of time wondering how the person got to the door; what was their real reason for coming; were they considerate enough when answering the door; would the person come back to the door; perhaps a committee should be made to study of more people came to the door, etc. You get my point. Puts me right to sleep.
Be more like a dog. Be focused on your tasks, but be flexible enough to respond to new stimuli (my new favorite word). Don’t over-think things that don’t hold great importance. Make decisions and live with them. And when your all done, don’t worry about the sky falling; instead go take a nap.
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