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If you could choose between being a millionaire with a beautiful spouse and a yacht – or being a dog, which one would you choose?

The majority of us will of course would pick being human. So let’s examine both sides of the tail….oops, we mean tale!

As humans, we have meaningful relationships with people and the objects in our lives. Yet all of them are temporary, friends come and go, family pass away, objects and material pleasures perish and wear off. So the questions is: why pick being human?- What motivates us to be human? money? sex? adventure? – What happens when we are earning more than we previously ever dreamed of? – What happens if we can pick and choose our ideal spouse?

What happens after we have explored the unexplored lands? When we have walked and climbed over new terrains, gathered resources, reached the peak and then looked out to see another new hill/landscape ahead? What happens after we finally clambered over that final peak and find we have achieved our wildest dreams? We’ve made it!-We are accomplished heroes, people now look up to us and talk about us. What happens now that we have reached the pinnacle of our dreams?? What happens now?

How do we feel? Happy or deflated? For some people this experience of reaching the pinnacle can happen too quickly/too soon (ie. winners of TV programmes like Pop Idol, lottery winners, young popstars/etc)- We continuously see these people self-destruct before our very eyes (ie. Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse/etc).

So please take 5mins to sit down, meditate and also think about what motivates you to get out of bed every day, what makes you do the things we do? Think about the people you admire and why. Think about your dreams. When you’ve done this, think about yourself as a young child at home or in the park with our parents or guardians. Think back to a time when you didn’t have a desire for anything but just to play and be yourself. A time when nothing mattered and you had no inhibitions.

While thinking about this, also think about dogs. Perhaps you have a dog or a friend/family member has one. Remember a time when you looked the dog in the eye. What did you see? The reason we mention dogs is that they symbolize a totally natural state of being. Dogs don’t have plans, ideas or agendas. Dogs don’t seem to worry about tomorrow/the future. Dogs are mostly happy as long as they have regular walks, food and love. They become totally content.

So to summarize, there’s nothing wrong with having future dreams of scaling the pinnacles of life, exploring and achieving. But remember that once you find the gold at the end of the rainbow, you might not feel any different than before. So start focusing on becoming more content in your current daily life. Don’t wait for the future to bring you some imaginary form of happiness. Find it now within you and then concentrate on feeling and giving love every day.

Next time you see a dog, admire and appreciate it, remember to be more like it (natural, content and not totally future focused) – Live life in a doggy style!

article by: nick sutton

photo by: manyfires (via flickr)

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