Monday, July 11, 2022

"Think BIG. Trust yourself and make it happen."


My post this week comes from a most unlikely source - a dog. Not just any dog, but a dog who has adapted to a physical disability issue and shares the lesson that if we believe we can, we can. We just have to trust ourselves.

Dexter is a Brittany Spaniel who lives in Ouray, Colorado.  When he was a puppy, he escaped the safety of his yard and ran into traffic, where he was hit by a car.  He lost one front leg and the other was severely injured.  His owner fashioned him a sort of "dog wheelchair" to help him to get around, but then something miraculous happened. Shunning the wheelchair, Dexter began walking upright, on two legs, just like a person!  Six years later, Dexter has become a social media superstar, and people come from miles away to meet him.  Additionally, this dog's method of coping with a tragedy - to face it head on and move forward with his life - has been an inspiration to thousands of people.  Sometimes, we need to quit overthinking our problems and ACT !  That's what Dexter did.

I always enjoy the Steve Hartman specials, and I think his subjects provide great hope and inspiration, on so many levels, especially this adorable dog.  I believe that humans have a lot to learn from their canine friends, like living life in the moment, learning to be patient, telling your best friend how much you love him, enjoying all life has to offer, and giving the sniff test before deciding on a new friendship.  But this lesson - adapting to what is holding you back and moving forward - is perhaps, the best lesson of all.

If you would like to see the Steve Hartman video on this adorable and courageous dog, please click on this link:

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