One of my favorite things growing up was the golden retrievers we had. Now these were no small dogs, but they always thought that they were 90 lbs lap dogs. But there is one thing that I remember the most about having the golden retrievers, it was talking them on walks. And sometimes on these walks I would be walking them, but most of the time they were walking me.
That leads me to my next point. There are two kinds of people: ones that walk their dogs, and ones that let their dogs walk them. Isn’t life much the same? Either we are letting our lives control us, or we control it. There honestly isn’t many differences between the two. First is the people “walking their dogs”. These people generally have a plan. A route. They know where they are going. They plan ahead, they know what the next step is going to be. They are a take charge kind of person. The generally know the most efficient way of getting from point A to point B. Then the next group is the one where “their dogs are walking them”. They are along for the ride. They may get to the same place as the other people, but the route is not always going to be the same. I am sure many of you have seen the movie Up. This group is the “squirrel” people. You are going along in life, and just like when you are walking a dog and they see a squirrel, your arm is going to be ripped out of socket and you are going off the path into the woods after the squirrel. This way of life can be daunting at times, especially if you are trying to find the right path again. Not saying that this is wrong, but the first group of people generally have an easier go at life. Defiantly a lot less bumps and bruises if you control where you are going.
Don’t let your dog, or your life, walk you. Take it by the leash and take charge. We have all heard the saying that if you don’t tell your life where to go, someone else will. So grab the leash, and go. There will still be plenty of adventures when you are walking your dog, just make sure you are the one in charge.