Howard and I took a walk tonight and it never fails that he poops within a block or two of home no matter how long he has been outside. And being a good citizen, I scoop it up in a bag and we continue on our way. So, for the first part of our walk, my mission is to get to the doggy poop trash can in the park which is about a half mile from our house so I can dispose of the gift I have been given.
But the problem is, Howard doesn’t care that mommy is on a mission to rid herself of the poop bomb. He is just happy to be on the walk!
That dog will stop and smell EVERYTHING. Trees, grass, hostas, lillies, clover, fire hydrants, more trees, concrete walls, wood fences, sewer grates, telephone poles, stop sign poles. You name it, he sniffs it. He is tuned in to every little thing. I have read a lot about dogs and their sniffers and the importance of what they learn about their environment from their noses, but dang! He sure does do a lot of stopping and smelling the roses (and the hydranga, and the busted balloon, and the Coke can – you get the picture).
And then I realized something. Why am I not more like Howard. Why in the world am I rushing through our walk? Why am I not enjoying every step? Why am I constantly saying “let’s go buddy,” “leave it,” “come on Howard,” “let’s keep moving.” The only one of those that I can justify is “leave it” because there is some pretty yucky stuff on our walks.
But for the rest of it, I need to chill. I can go on a power walk later. I don’t walk fast enough for him to be able to jog with me, so for him we are on a stroll. So instead of rushing to dump the poo, why I am I not enjoying and being thankful for the things I am encountering – the flowers, the people, the breeze, pretty landscaping and homes? What a great time to get away and just think…
That kind of spills over into my life. The rushing to the destination is not how I want to remember my life. I want to hurry up and loose all of my weight so I don’t have to diet anymore. But maybe I would be better off taking my time and learning to enjoy healthy food. I want to hurry up and get into a new house, but I would be better off still enjoying the memories we can make while we are here. I want to hurry up and be out of debt, but maybe focusing on learning to budget our money and learning to be a better steward be a more beneficial view.
What bag of poop are you rushing to dump in your life? Is there anything you can enjoy along the way? What lessons can Howard the mutt and his sniffer teach you today?