Puppies are, by nature, a pack animal. They are not meant to spend life alone. Whether their pack is full of other dogs or just humans or a mix of both; puppies need their pack. And just like, Snow it doesn’t always have to be frantic interaction or hours of fireworks. Just some chill time on a lap or sharing a chair is all our puppies need.
For us humans, some of the best quality time we can have with one another is just being near each other. I love good conversation and playing games and cheering with the crowd. But some of my most meaningful memories are those of quiet evenings on the front porch simply enjoying the sunset with other people who make my life better.
Sadly, our world is a paradox of unprecedented frantic chaos among the masses and yet more people feel isolated and disconnected from others than ever before. The increase in the number of suicides and skyrocketing cases of depression are proof of this odd combination. How can a world so instantly connected on a global scale fail the individual so miserably?
I believe the answer is in a general unwillingness to spend.
When you spend money to buy a product or service you sacrifice your cash for that product or service. If you want a Big Mac you have to fork over the $5 plus to eat it. If you want to vacation on a beach or in the mountains, at the very least, you have to spend the money for transportation to get there. There is a sacrifice of resources that must happen to get what we want.
In our relationships we have to be willing to spend the two most precious things we have…time and ourselves. Without these two resources being spent between individuals, all we really have are cold iron parallel tracks grinding away in proximity of each other but never connecting.
If we are too busy and too selfish to spend some time and a bit of ourselves for the benefit of another, then we are just way too busy and more than just a tad bit self-absorbed.