Gretchen Rubin wrote in The Happiness Project about the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy.” The Puppiness Project is my attempt to learn the same from Honey, my Golden Retriever.
Tomorrow is summer solstice in my hemisphere. And although I should be overjoyed to see the sun for more hours than I have in a year, I’m feeling a little melancholy. All I can think about is that after solstice, the days will start shortening again. And, before I know it, we’ll be back in the dark days of winter.
I need to take a lesson from Honey.
I don’t think she’s ever said to herself, “I better enjoy everyone being home right now. They’re just going to go to work tomorrow and I’ll be alone in the house again.” Or as she walks out the door, “Gee, our walk is nearly over. We’ve already walked down the steps.”
Honey, and all canines, are fully present in every moment. Dogs don’t worry about tomorrow. They’re purely present in every minute.
Why in the world do I start thinking about winter on the first day of summer? ‘Cuz I’m a sicko. And cuz I’m not a dog.
So I’m taking a lesson from Honey. I’m going to enjoy every second of the sunlight I can tomorrow.
And to my friends in the south–we’re sending the sun back to you soon. Hang on.