I was thinking about expectations this morning. I expect good things these days. When I wake up, my thoughts are positive and usually go something like, “Ooh, bed is warm, but gotta get up, coffee, need coffee, need to let Janie and Darcy out, open all the drapes, “Oh wow, nice day!” Even tired as I was over the holidays with company and gatherings, I still wake up positive and expecting good things.
Expecting good things is kind of like a dog’s life. Have you ever read one of those dog thoughts versus cat thoughts dialogues?
The dogs thoughts are like “Hooray! Let’s go outside!”
Then, “Hooray my human gave me a treat!” and, “Go for a ride?? Hooray!!”
Later, owner leaves, dog sits by door staring at it for hours, and owner returns, “Hooray, you came back! I missed you, time to eat!” The dog runs around in circles, jumping, snorting, and barking with joy.
“You came back!!”
In contrast, the cat wakes up and says, “Day 211 of my captivity. Smelly human placed rations of unknown substance on the dirty mat nearby. I must eat it to keep up my strength, so that I can escape at the earliest opportunity. Soon the smaller humans will come to torment me in my confinement, and I will probe for weaknesses.”
The contrast makes me laugh! I want to be more like my dogs Janie and Darcy who are happy to do anything that we do on a daily basis. Janie even stands still while I give her a bath, and then hops on her hind legs when we are done, so that she can be blown dry, “Hooray, time to blowdry!” She follows up with snorting and racing through the house at breakneck speed to further accelerate the drying process. I catch glimpses as she whizzes by in a furry blur. “Hooray, I’m almost dry!”
I get it. We can’t be on a high 24/7, but we can expect good things instead of assuming everything will go wrong. The real lesson here is that we have a choice. We can choose a happy excited positive outlook, or not. Expectations have so many sides and scenarios that it would be difficult to try to cover even a small portion of how expectations color our lives, but how about today, we expect great things? “Hooray, it’s a Tuesday!”
Since I am also a cat lover and want to give equal opportunity for both species to shine (because how dare we chuckle at our cats expense?) I have to say that cats can also express great joy. Two things can accomplish this feat of personality transformation:
The laser light or foam earplugs.
She needs these things the way I need air. She practically goes into spasms when I toss ear plugs for her to catch. Racing through the room batting the foam pieces against the walls and over the couch, my cat defies gravity. The laser light creates the same hysterical body twisting and air acrobatics. Cats can be joyful. Who knew?
So the next time your husband, wife, friend, dog, cat, boss, grandmother, child says “Hey let’s go …”(fill in the blank with something not involving physical or mental harm) say “Hooray, let’s do it!!” and remember to bark and jump with joy, because that is one of the ways we show love back to those we love.
Barefoot and writing, Kim
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