When any dog of ours got sick and needed medication beyond Missi’s amazing food, she made sure they finished the full prescription. Every. Last. Pill. You see, Miss loves the pups! According to Jordan Peterson’s research (12 Rules for Life), only 50% of us even fill prescriptions ordered by our trusted doc’s for ourselves. And, only 50% of those we fill are taken through completion. What’s up with that?
Think about it for a second. We care for ourselves and those around us in relationship to the depth of our love reservoir. We have deep reservoirs of love for our pups, seemingly puddles for ourselves. You see, friend, we tend to quickly forgive and forget all the puppy problems of peeing on our favorite bedposts, chewing our shoes, and doing other doggie things. I mean come on man, that’s just what dogs do. We easily forgive our dogs; ourselves, not so much. You see, we don’t see our mess ups as attributable to our natures. We don’t understand human nature. Fact.
So, where should we begin? Lets start by loving ourselves like we love our dogs. God loves you and your nature. God wants the best for you. That’s why we’re the only animal gifted with a mind capable of building a second nature. No wonder we’re still contemplating what is, in fact, our nature. God doesn’t beat you up. He built you and wants to continue to build a better you, if you’ll let Him. It’s alright to feel regret and desire to deeply change. We are designed with an almost endless capacity for growth. So, go ahead, be hard on self without getting down on self. Hard on self. Not down on self.
Treat yourself like a dog for awhile. Tap into God’s reservoir of love for you. Your puddle will soon become a pond and before long it will make Hoover reservoir look like a drop in the bucket, doggoneit. Once filled, you are equipped to love your world harder. Forgiveness, C.S. Lewis famously said, is a great idea until there’s actually someone to forgive. Forgive, anyway. Forgive yourself. Forgive your few. Loathe less. Love more. Now you’re ready to be self critical without self loathing. Excellence lives here. You?
Live hard. Love harder. (Remember, I learned all this from our dog Tank)…