Honey was abducted by aliens.
That was the only explanation I could think of for her lack of focus on the day we took her Canine Good Citizen test. It was either that or her brain had fallen out and was hiding behind a dog hair tumbleweed in the bedroom.
We still managed to eke out a pass. Thanks to our tester giving us a second chance to walk through a group of strangers without greeting them excitedly. But I learned an important lesson: even superstars have bad days.
Regular People Have Bad Days Too
Do you think of yourself as a superstar? I certainly don’t see myself that way. I’m just a regular person.
But you wouldn’t know it if you heard how upset I get with myself for not being perfect.
Every day I make a list of the things I need to get done. Regular old maintenance tasks like answering emails, cleaning, and doing laundry. Future planning to move big projects forward. And of course, there’s that J-O-B thing.
If I accomplish most of the things on my list, it’s a good day. If I don’t, I’m a lazy, good-for-nothing failure. I don’t have bad days. I have catastrophic days that prove I’m as big a loser as I always thought I was.
Maybe I can learn from Honey and just have an ordinary bad day. After all, she’s a superstar and she doesn’t let one bad day affect her for long. I’m just a regular person. So maybe I can just have a bad day every so often too.
An Expensive Bad Day
I haven’t watched the Super Bowl in years. But I heard this was going to be an exciting match up. I was looking forward to seeing an exciting and close game.
If you’re an American exposed to any media at all, you know it was a dramatic blowout. The Denver Broncos barely got on the scoreboard. The Denver quarterback earns more than $17M a year. He’s a superstar. He had a bad day (actually, he had a pretty good day; it was his receivers who couldn’t hang onto the ball that had the really bad day).
So if a multi-million dollar athlete in the most hyped sporting event in the country can have a bad day, and Honey the superstar golden retriever can have a bad day, maybe I can too. And not have it be the end of the world.
If it’s good for the dog, maybe it’s good for me too.
You have one week to tell us about how you celebrated Train Your Dog Month. And if January is too exhausting to even think about meeting training goals with your dog, stop by to get inspired for the spring.
Your Turn: How do you handle bad days? How does your dog?