New Tricks

Puppy training is teaching me some good lessons, too.

For example, instead of saying “No” every time he does something I don’t want him to do, I am learning to praise him (and give him a treat) every time he does something I want him to do.

Just think if went around giving praise constantly to others–what a difference that could make in their lives, our lives, the life of the world!

Also, just because Cocoa does something as a puppy doesn’t mean he will do it as a more mature dog. I remember this when he seems bent on repeating unwelcome behavior.

Stephen Covey said it well, “You can live outside your autobiography when that is needed.” I am not captive to my past. I have choices.

I can remember that about other people, too. Just because someone did something that displeased me one time doesn’t mean they will do it again (although they may!). I need to watch for how people are changing, and give them the space to do that.

Puppies need training, and it helps me, too. It’s never too late to teach a young pup, or an older one, new tricks.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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