I take care of you, first. Understand? What is it you are truly looking for?
How about a little story to begin with, instead of the usual? You can cut to the chase further down, if you're a little ADD.
I had a dog, his name was Caesar Augustus, he was a Rhodesian Ridgeback… he was my very best friend.
"The Caesar-dog" as I liked to call him, taught me many things, things that might be applied to some of our human interactions:
•how to live in the Now and really feel it's Power,
•how to be a really good listener,
•knowing what it feels like to have someone always excited to see me,
•always run around with reckless abandonment when joy fills your heart,
•protect the ones you love from perceived threats,
•how to use your limbs to take up the maximum sleeping space,
•snuggle closer and spoon for maximum warmth while camping in a below freezing tent,
•relax in the sun on days that beckon to you to be lazy,
•always beware of stairs, they can be tricky,
•bark at others only when absolutely necessary,
•a laser dot defies all movement of chase-able creatures in the natural world,
•a down pillow is filled with feathers, A LOT of them, and if you pop one open for fun, it resembles fallen snow…. but inside the house instead of outside,
•at first a bath is not that great, but, then, afterwards, you feel so clean, you just want to sprint around the house in lickety-split cleanliness, and shake your booty like the wings of a hummingbird,
•deer are fast, but not as fast as Rhodesian Ridgeback hound dogs,
•a lure course bunny is so fast, it takes your breath away, and it keeps going and going and going,
•the best way to scratch your back is simply to roll around on it,
•lick your plate clean when you really love what you just ate, maybe you'll get more,
•hiking can be really hard on your paws, best to wear some booties,
•if you want to keep your feet dry, simply dance around puddles,
•wipe your feet when you enter the house, especially if you aren't wearing shoes,
•sometimes, if you eat something too fast, it may come back up, but never to worry, it tastes just as good going down the second time,
•the thought of nail trimming can lead to a quivering lip, and the display of the canine-tooth, aptly name,
•cheese may just be the best treat ever,
•always protect an innocent infant, even if it's your sworn mortal enemy, the kitten,
•there's always more love you can find inside yourself to give,
•to win people over to your side you show them, they simply must love you, because you are you,
•humans are pretty terrific,
and finally, the most difficult thing he taught me, the hardest lesson of all, was, how to deal with the loss of someone you love, and what a broken heart really feels like.
So, I think in this relationship with The Caesar Dog, I got far more out of it than he ever did, heck, I only taught him a few things, but, he seemed to be really happy with the arrangement.
I try never to forget the simple things Caesar Augustus taught me. Sometimes, the very best things you need to know about life and humans can be taught to you by a dog that could only say, "I love you." (Yes, really, he could, that's one of the things I taught him).
HERE'S THE CHASE SCENE TO CUT TO......
For those of you actually reading this, I'll offer you the single most important piece of advice based on what I've seen by traveling to different times: find someone who is kind to you and others. Believe me, It's not as obvious as it may seem, and it might take you a lifetime to learn this critical lesson.
You might just realize later, "oh crap, he was the one I was looking for." So, my dear (spoken in a Clark Gable tone), I've tried to tell you in advance. :-) Yes! I'm trying to save you some TIME and heartache, but, though I say this, it seldom alters the timespace continuum. I wish you well on your journey, yet, remember my words. Time... we cannot get it back, regardless of how we use it.