What I Learned from My Dogs – part two

Last week I talked about how my dogs have such different personalities. I then talked about Emma being so calm and how I see her as a reminder to be still. This week I want to tell you about my other dog, Dharma.

20130814_130310-1-1Dharma is the complete opposite of Emma. It seems like she is always moving and getting into some sort of mischief. Sometimes I think she has ADHD then at other times she can be OCD, especially when it comes to her ball.

When we are outside she has to check everything out. If we go to a picnic or other social gathering she exhausts herself trying to get everybody to play with her. If you want to keep her occupied just give her a ball. She turns into Gollum from The Lord Of The Rings, “My precious!”

I am too much like her. Even though I have no choice but to sit still, I am always doing something. I am usually doing at least two or three things at once. This probably contributes to my difficulties quieting my mind I talked about in my last post.

I actually get restless when I need to concentrate on one thing at a time. Having said that I have to admit I can also be a little OCD with some things. This usually happens when I am trying to solve a problem or figure out the best way to handle a situation. Sometimes it’s when I’m trying to get past a level on Candy Crush, I swear that game is like crack.

I know both of these tendencies are things I can work on. I can’t change them overnight but with consistent practice, I can change this. The trick is having the willingness to go against my natural tendencies. Let’s face it, no one likes to change. Change takes work, staying the same is easy and takes effort.

Please feel free to leave feedback. If you have overcome these tendencies, what worked for you?

Disclaimer: Even though I used the terms ADHD and OCD lightly I do realize these are serious conditions. If anyone suffering from these conditions was offended I apologize. I mean no offense.

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One thought on “What I Learned from My Dogs – part two

  1. My mind always races, just like yours. I have to take time to wear a sleep mask, wear earphones with meditative music, and start with “Be still, and know that I am God!” If I don’t, the mind doesn’t stop.

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