One of my guardians recently visited Ohio for a high school reunion, to see family, and to participate in a tour of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, an auction item on which he was the winning bidder at a fundraiser for one of his causes, The Education Foundation.
While in Ohio, my guardian connected with a good friend, Jim Walters, legal counsel for my guardian’s hometown, the City of Berea. In the course of one of their conversations Mr. Walters posited that, to put purpose in life, one must help others… Put another way, that serving others was an important dimension to a full and meaningful life.
Of course I agree with that and, in my own way, do my best to serve others by “working” to help them to have a better day.
For example, when I awaken, I time my jumping out of bed to coincide (more-or-less) with my guardians’ arising, so we can begin to enjoy the day together with my licks & tail wags. In return I usually get some small talk I don’t understand, but no worries. If convenient, I might lie on my back and allow them to scratch/rub my belly – from the delight I convey I can see the pleasure they also receive.
As the day progresses and we get out for our walks together, I do my best to cheer up just about every dog and person I meet. I sense my peers’ interest in socializing and react accordingly with sniffs, tail wags, and other civilized behavior.
For those with only two legs, child or adult, I offer my penetrating brown eyes along with tail wags. Occasionally I even sit on one of more of their feet to be in even greater emotional consonance.
As you might guess, many of my days seem to blend into the next. Laguna Beach, San Francisco, back & forth, walks to downtown Laguna, the Presidio Library park or Crissy Field…these are all tolerable (in the case of our all day drives) to exquisite (Crissy Field or trips with my good friend Judith to her club, the San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club.)
Wherever I am, wherever I go, I do my best in service of the world to make it a happier, more pleasant place for all.