Not really, but let's just imagine for a moment...
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“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.” ― Deng Ming-Dao
Today is a guest post by the lovely Kendall Norman of The Comfort Shop.
If you’re a mastiff, don’t let a border collie decide how you’re going to live your life.
Anyone who’s spent an extended amount of time with me will know that I am obsessed with dogs. And if we spend enough time together, you’ll eventually find out that I’m also obsessed with the show The Dog Whisperer (shout-out to Cesar Millan!).
As a dog lover who’s binge-watched as many Dog Whisperer episodes as I can find, I’ve started seeing that there are a lot of life lessons to be learned from our canine friends.
For example, a little while ago I was chatting with a friend who is VERY active, thrives on organization and planning, and loves having an incredibly active lifestyle. As she was describing to me all the activities she has going on, I realized I had some internal dialogue choices to make.
I could feel guilty, like, “Oh my gosh—I need to be like her! I’m doing life all wrong. I’m not NEARLY as active as she is!”
Or, I could realize that I am a COMPLETELY different type of person with different needs and a different lifestyle. A pleasant walk through the neighborhood is completely satisfying for me, just like a huge mountain hike and daily intensive exercise is satisfying for her.
One of those lifestyles isn’t more “right” than the other.
I once heard someone say that if you own a mastiff, all it really needs is a daily walk to drain its energy. It doesn't need to be going on massive outdoor adventures (and probably doesn’t even prefer it). But a border collie will go NUTS if it only gets one short walk a day and stays cooped up inside! A border collie, by nature, has TONS of energy to drain in order to feel good.
And then it finally hit me—I am a mastiff, and my friend is a border collie.
One isn’t necessarily right or wrong—we’re just different!
So I’m happy to let my border collie friend enjoy an intensely active lifestyle. But this mastiff will just keep on being satisfied with her slow neighborhood walks.
Which one are you, and how do you feel about it?