We have a black Labrador named Zack who is a great family dog but a notorious runaway. I mean this dog just loves to run. He literally rips through second floor screen windows and jumps out to just go for a run.
One day he made a typical escape and I ran through neighborhood after neighborhood looking for him. It was very hot and I was sweating and getting more and more angry as I ran and called for him with no luck. I ran and walked through countless neighborhoods and finally went back and got our car.
Drenched in sweat, I drove around for almost another hour until I finally spotted the rascal right in a neighbor’s front yard. I shouted and chased as he ran through a few other yards. I got out and dramatically threw the car door open and yelled, “Zack, get in the car you bad dog.”
He wagged his tail, ran over and jumped in. I got back to our house, opened the door and said, “Get in the house you bad dog.” He ran up the steps onto our deck and into the house right away. I followed him into the kitchen.
My wife looked at him and looked at me and looked at him and then again at me and said, “That’s not our dog.” Oh crap.
It wasn’t our dog.
He was a black lab but about 10 pounds too heavy. I had stolen a neighbor’s dog right out of their own yard! I said, “Get back in the car whoever you are!” He jumped in and I drove him over and pushed him out at his own house and drove away quickly, laughing hysterically.
Dog-napping with all my energy
I expended all of this energy and emotion chasing the wrong thing and didn’t realize it at the time. It is hard to say at what point I was passionately engaged but I was completely committed and lost in the effort of chasing something that I didn’t even want.
It’s easy to do, isn’t it? You are working really hard right now, right? But at what? Have you stopped to ponder it for a moment?
Did you start out passionate about a career or business that was to provide you lifestyle but now do you find yourself lost in the “chase?” Do the current demands of work leave little time for the people or activities you cherish the very most? Is the dog you are chasing really YOUR DOG or someone else’s?
Go back to the point in your life where you felt a certainty about the outcome you wanted. It might be financial freedom, a joyful, loving relationship and fulfillment in helping others or a combination of those things.
Helen Keller lost her sight, hearing and the ability to speak when she was two years old yet she lived an incredible, dynamic life. Of this journey we share she said,
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
Don’t Chase the Wrong Dog
At the end of our lives none of us will say, “I wish I had spent more time at work.” So, let’s not chase the wrong dog. I have gotten distracted with careers and business ventures that were not ever going to provide the fulfillment or joy I was truly looking for. This is the secret to truly change your life.
It is easy to get caught up in the “busyness,” the work, the texts and the emails and all of a sudden years or even a decade can pass. Take a moment, RIGHT NOW, and get completely focused on the adventure you are committed to creating in your life and it can change your entire future. What truly inspires you? What are you so passionate about that it brings tears to your eyes just picturing it?
Chase your own dog.
This motivational quote inspires me to live large, boldly and confidently. Thought you might enjoy it too.
Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were all meant to shine, as children do.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
So, what is YOUR adventure going to be? I’d love to hear back from you.
By the way, Zack is 14 years old now and is still a notorious runaway. He’s friendly and wags his tail incessantly because he knows everyone is his friend. So, if you are ever in central Pennsylvania and you see a friendly black lab wandering aimlessly, just stop, throw open the door and say, “Zack get in the car” and bring him home, please.