We've all seen those lists floating around about important things we learned in Kindergarten or Sunday School or from our dogs. Well here's my start to a similar list of things Baxter, Elsie, and Ridge have either taught us or reminded us of.
Twenty Lessons We've Learned from Our Labs
1. Hope and optimism are contagious. Enthusiasm is, too.
2. There's nothing like a warm lap on a cold night.
3. Boundaries are good; they protect us.
4. Sleep is productive.
5. When you're tired, take a nap. It's okay. Really.
6. Exercise is fun. Exercise is fun. Exercise is fun (repeat).
7. A messy house isn't a big deal after all.
8. It's more fun to share.
9. Loved ones are worth protecting.
10. People are more important than things.
11. Too much food isn't healthy.
12. Be alert for the good things in life; otherwise you may miss them.
13. A little affection can go a long way.
14. When someone's hurting, let him know you care.
15. Take time everyday to enjoy some fresh air.
16. It's okay to be impish now and then; it makes life interesting.
17. Some joys in life require vulnerability.
18. New experiences may be uncomfortable, but they're worth trying.
19. A life shared with others is far more enjoyable than a life spent isolating yourself.
20. When we're sad or afraid, we can run to One who knows, loves us, provides for us, and is with us always. We can rest secure in His arms.
That's enough for now. Now if only we'd learn to live these lessons daily, just as our canine kids do.
'Til next time,