Final week, I was taking a long stroll through my neighborhood with my Seeing Eye dog, Carson, when we encountered a festival filled with happy youngsters and a carnival atmosphere. Navigating through Dallas petting zoo -to-wall individuals is always a challenge, but I decided to brave it and we pressed on, hoping the sidewalk would not be blocked.
All of a sudden, Carson darted off the walkway, his nose aimed with an intensity that could only mean there was a further animal nearby.
Frustrated, I pulled Carson back on track, only to have him get distracted by yet another smell on the opposite side. I was developing irritated with the crowd and Carson’s behavior till a man behind me chuckled and stated, “Your dog is sniffing a llama!” As far as I know, llamas are not indigenous to my neighborhood… nor this continent, for that matter!
The man, nonetheless laughing, continued, “The library is having a carnival and there is a petting zoo set up all along the street.”
As Carson sniffed a infant donkey, I had a fast moment to consider. At that point, I had two alternatives I could have gotten angry at the unexpected distractions along my route, OR I could laugh at the pure oddity of a herd of exotic animals hanging out about the library! I chose the latter.
“Carson, that’s a llama,” I stated, bending down to recapture his attention, “But never worry, I won’t be acquiring 1 as a pet!” I had to just laugh and shake my head in amusement at his sheer puppy behavior! Just after that laugh, even I could not be annoyed when, before we reached the finish of the block, Carson had also sniffed out a goat, a pony and a wide variety of other creatures I doubt he’d been exposed to in the course of his short two years on this planet!
A lesson discovered at the petting zoo: Take a moment to be amused, not frustrated, when points do not go as planned. If you look challenging adequate, you will likely discover some humor in the adverse encounter, also. A bit of humor lies in each scenario. It is up to us whether or not we look upon the entire as a trouble or a pleasure. Select the pleasure… you may well just walk away with a good story!