IN BUDDY’S EYES – Francesca Amari Sajtar for neverblendin

As guardian to a very special and much talked about furry creature of my own, this post from Francesca really struck a chord. Sometimes I’m in such a rush to get out and get the morning walk over with so that I can get on with my chores or get to work. I forget to live in and enjoy the moment. I forget to take time to breathe in the morning air, to look at the sun as it begins to rise or to appreciate the tiny details of nature’s perfect creation all around me, in the park, in the trees, in the sky and in the faces of people who often, like me, are in so much of a hurry that they hurry on by.As I was walking my dog yesterday, I made a couple of observations, which lead me to a couple of lessons that our pets teach us. First, Buddy really wanted to sniff a bush for a very long time (maybe 3 minutes), so I stood there, on the other end of the leash, just waiting patiently and quietly for him to do what he wanted to do and be who he was: a dog getting great pleasure out of sniffing a bush. And I realized that we’re so wonderful at letting our pets be who they are and do what they need to do in their short lives, but we’re not so great at extending that same courtesy to the people in our lives; just letting them be who they are. And THEN that led me to think about this dog of ours, who has caused us much pleasure and great pain, and I realized that when he’s done something bad or destroyed something, we still forgive him and move past the bad thing and love him anyway. Again, we do this over and over again with our pets and yet we don’t always do that with the humans in our lives. We don’t as easily forgive and move through the bad thing and still love them. This concludes dog-musing Saturday.


About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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