Discovering Life’s Treasures, One Pawprint at a Time!
Ever paused to watch your furry companion snooze peacefully or playfully roll in the grass? They tend to look happy and at ease, right? Of course, like humans, all dogs have their own personalities, likes and dislikes. However, there is a more simplified way they live their lives. For the past years, I have focused on Eva’s habits and things she does regularly, without us asking for it. This made me re-evaluate the way I live my own life. Join me on a journey as we unwrap 5 remarkable life lessons my charming dog, Eva, has bestowed upon me.
1.Unwind and Revitalize
🌅 Lesson: Eva’s day begins with an energizing stretch as dawn breaks, followed by a leisurely morning walk and a hearty breakfast. What comes next? A refreshing nap, of course!
🚀 Boost for You: Our modern lives are a whirlwind of activity, often leaving us feeling drained and overworked. Taking a page from Eva’s book, it’s time to prioritize rejuvenation. Swap screen time for some fresh air, or indulge in a moment of meditation. Letting your mind and body recharge is an investment in your well-being.
I always knew she wouldn’t do much when my husband and I went to the office. Our neighbours didn’t even know when had a dog until they saw her. So we knew she didn’t party all day. However, now while being home, I got a better view of her sleeping habits. This made me re-think how much time in a day I actually take to rest and recharge. I sleep at night, but then on a normal day, I don’t take much rest. So this needed to change.
We all have become so distracted by the art of being busy, that we do not tune into how we are feeling often enough. Therefore, I had to turn my focus more inwards. If a day has been particularly challenging, then I need to rest more. There are multiple ways to do this, it doesn’t always need to be a nap. It can be taking time away from screens, sitting outside for a couple of minutes, or meditating. Our brains are always switched on, but sometimes we require some downtime. Looking at Eva blissfully snoozing at any time of the day is the best reminder I could ask for.
2. Chase Dreams Fearlessly
🌟 Lesson: Eva’s determination to nab a bite of our snack is awe-inspiring. Her eyes are locked on the prize, and she’s not afraid to make a move.
🚀 Boost for You: It’s time to let go of self-doubt and seize your aspirations. While legal and ethical considerations are crucial, Eva’s unabashed pursuit of what she desires serves as a beacon. Don’t let fear hold you back. Let your passions take the lead!
For me, rationale always tends to kick in with questions like ‘can I really do this?’, ‘do I have the time/money?’, ‘what will other people think?’. Dogs, however, do not worry about these things (or so it seems). When I noticed this, I came to the realisation that life is more pleasant when you just go after what you want. However, I’m not giving you a free pass to break the law.
It sounds easy and very straightforward. Do you want something? Go get it! Nevertheless, this lesson is a tough one and I certainly haven’t mastered it yet. Whenever I see Eva going for something she wants, it is a good reminder for me, to keep improving.
3. Respect Yourself: Walk Away
🚫 Lesson: Eva’s assertiveness is both empowering and graceful. She doesn’t hesitate to walk away from situations that don’t align with her well-being.
🚀 Boost for You: In a world that often expects us to please others, Eva’s lesson is a breath of fresh air. It’s time to prioritize your own preferences. Politely decline activities that drain your energy or compromise your boundaries. Like Eva, value your self-respect.
To a certain degree, you will always have to consider other people. We are not alone on this planet, nor will we survive on our own. However, it is possible to respectfully say no if you really do not want to do something. When Eva doesn’t want to play, she will make it very clear and ignores any requests. By doing this she is respecting her own preferences and boundaries instead of pleasing others.
This lesson is an important one for us humans too. Stay true to yourself, protect your time and energy, and set your own boundaries. Choose the people and things you want in your life and accept whatever cannot be changed. There is no use is wasting our precious time on earth.
4. Embrace the Joy of Movement
🏃♂️ Lesson: Eva’s enthusiasm for outdoor escapades is infectious. She sprints around like a pup, regardless of her age, and her energy is contagious.
🚀 Boost for You: Incorporating daily movement into your routine is like infusing your life with happiness. Following Eva’s example, whether it’s a leisurely walk or a heart-pounding workout, can greatly uplift your spirits. The post-exercise glow isn’t just a myth—it’s real!
To keep our bodies running smoothly and to clear our minds, daily exercise will help. No need for an intense workout, but a 30-minute daily walk or moderate activity, will lift your spirits.
The walks with Eva keep me motivated to move every day. Even when I’m tired, we need to go for a walk. No excuses. I can honestly say that every time after the walk, I feel better. And Eva is happy!
5. Live in the moment
🎈 Lesson: Eva’s secret to a joyful life is living in the present. She doesn’t dwell on past regrets or fret about future uncertainties. Her focus is on the here and now.
🚀 Boost for You: The art of mindfulness is a gift that Eva unwraps daily. By releasing past regrets and future anxieties, you can truly immerse yourself in the current moment. Savor the simple pleasures—a brisk walk, a delicious meal, the scent of newly mown grass—and let worries slip away.
This last lesson, I believe, is one of the most important ones in life. We all have certain expectations, but then get disappointed when they don’t come true. However, if we would focus more on what is actually happening at the moment, we would have more peace of mind. We cannot change the past, it’s already done. While focussing on the future, we are ignoring what is happening now.
Of course, this is always easier said than done. However, having Eva’s daily examples is the best motivation to stop for a second and smell the flowers and the freshly cut grass as well.
Eva’s legacy: 5 lessons to light up your life
Eva’s 5 Lessons: From embracing rest to pursuing dreams, setting boundaries, staying active, and relishing the present, Eva’s wisdom forms a roadmap to a more fulfilling life.
Remember, mastery of these lessons takes time. We’re all a work in progress, but with each day, we grow closer to embodying Eva’s teachings.
Has your own furry companion shared their wisdom?
We’d love to hear your tales! If Eva’s lessons have resonated with you, drop us a line. Your insights might just spark inspiration in others on their path of self-discovery.
A heartfelt thank you for joining us on this enlightening journey. Eva’s pawprint of wisdom continues to guide us. Until we meet again, keep embracing life’s adventures with the enthusiasm of a wagging tail!
Thanks for reading!