I want to talk to you humans about “stuff” since I just don’t get it. While I hesitate to write a blog about stuff since I am effectively creating more stuff, we canines don’t hold back, and I need to express what I feel.
The past Saturday afternoon my human decided to do some cleaning. She grabbed a storage bin from the basement and started to go through the old photos and letters that were inside. I think some were from her late father. At first, when she started to look at the pictures, she was fine, but then all of a sudden, she burst into tears. Gosh darn it! Why would she keep stuff for years if it was going to make her cry? Can she relive those days or go back in time? Does being sad bring her late father back? I don’t think that’s possible at all. And yet so many humans do this. They keep old stuff around even though it makes them sad! Some humans even spend lots of money on a big house so they can store even more stuff from the past inside! What is up with that?
The way that I see it is that this stuff muddies up and steals time from your life. Whether the past was good or bad is irrelevant – since it has “passed.” It does a human absolutely no good nor add any value to life in the present moment to go back there. As my human was crying over the letters and photos from a person no longer living, she was throwing away valuable time from the present. Precious time that could be shared with those around her now. (That would be me of course!)
I have very few possessions and I like it that way. I have my dog collar which is helpful for walks, and I have my favorite toy (a squeaky giraffe who is orange spotted.) I also have my beloved food bowls. That’s about it. Now I know that you humans need more things than dogs (bathroom stuff, clothes and recent tax returns) but you don’t need that much more stuff. All of the stuff just keeps you stuck and it’s hard to wag your tail and be happy when you are stuck. Since I was a stray puppy and adopted, I don’t have pictures of where I was born or of my siblings or where I lived the first four months of my life. And guess what . . . I am just fine without those things! My family and my life are right here and now! I carry around what is important to me in my heart, and I live in the present moment and don’t cry about the past.
So, back to my story. There was my human, all upset, and I had to do something to cheer her up. So, I leaned in and licked her face. I stuck my head right in-between her and those sad photos, blocking them from her view. This forced her to look me squarely in the face. I was so deliberate that my actions told her in no uncertain terms “I am here, and you are here and that is what matters most.” She looked up at me, hugged me and put the photos down.
She smiled and said to me “Benny – once again you are correct. The past is over, and the present is here, now and we’re together. Let’s go for a walk!”
Then, we got up, she placed all the tear-inducing “stuff” in the garbage, and we went outside for a walk. She was happy again and so was I – and most important – the stuff from her past stayed in her past. That is how it should be for the present moment is a gift and will be gone in an instant.
Sending out love to you right at this very moment,
Benny H.
Benny H. is a 7-year-old mixed-breed dog who enjoys writing, meeting new people, and providing companionship to his loving adopter, Liz Hoffmann. They live in Connecticut. Liz has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and opening her heart to shelter animals.