By Taylor Kay Stephens
One of the greatest lessons I ever learned was from a dog.
Several years ago I’d become very attached to a friend’s lovable dog, Katie, so when Katie’s health started failing, I was very upset. Her back legs became paralyzed and the vet said she probably had one to two weeks left, so I volunteered to help take care of her. I wanted her to feel loved and her last days to be as comfortable as possible.
I’ve noticed that dogs seem happy most of the time, because they live in the moment and offer unconditional love. I believe if people treated their mates like their pets treat them, there would be fewer divorces.
This November was beautiful with autumn leaves floating gently to the ground. Every afternoon I carried Katie outside to the back yard where we would lie on her favorite blanket underneath two big oak trees. She was in squirrel heaven, sniffing the air in search of a four-legged, bushy-tailed creature.
She’d look at me as if to say, “Thank you,” then lay her head in my lap while she drifted off for a short nap. We communicated so much without ever saying a word.
I wondered in amazement, “How can she be so content and peaceful when she’s dying?” I wanted that same inner peace and happiness. Wow, this was what it was like to “live in the moment” where nothing else in the world really mattered, except right then!
Two weeks later, she gave us “the look” and we knew it was time to let her go to dog heaven. When we buried her beneath the oak trees, I said my tearful goodbyes in silence; “My sweet Katie, thank you for all the joy you brought to my life. I’m so grateful for everything you’ve taught me these last two weeks and my hope is that the last days I spend on this earth will be as wonderful as yours.”
Taylor Kay Stephens, speaker, author and transformational life coach, is no stranger to tragedy, adversity and obstacles. She teaches people how to get out of overwhelm, change their bad habits and stop self-defeating behaviors. She has developed her own easy and practical techniques and systems so simple a child can do them. Discover more at TaylorKayStephens.com