When I decided to take care of our family Dog for 6 weeks; I realized something profound.
Well, taking care of him just by myself was a completely different experience as he was going to be part of my already " so busy, no time to breath" lifestyle.
But as I got to spent a lot of time to self reflect while going on long walks with him ----- a thought as bright as a lightening hit me.
During this 6 weeks, a lot happened in my and his life. In no particular order, we( the dog and I ) moved from a big house to a cramped looking apartment, I broke up from love of my life, his favorite kibble brand got discontinued, I got robbed and lost many valuable belongings, he got attacked by a ferocious dog at the dog park and got badly injured and as if this wasn't enough my car had a major mechanical breakdown.
I know, most of these may sound like "life just happening". But feeling all these loses and hurts in such a small span of time felt like an Avalanche.
I lost all hope in myself . I felt like I am driving in this long endless dark tunnel with no end in sight.
In all of these moments, moments when my face was shriveled with inner sadness of a bad break up, or he growling in his constant pain of his injury, or when I used to tear up thinking something about the past and feeling all lonely, or when he looked annoyingly at his food bowl filled up with his new kibbles ... In all these moments, some "little" and some "not so little" ---- one thing was common.
He looked at me as if I was this perfect and most beautiful human being who could do no wrong.
May be in his canine mind, he might have seen my imperfections, but he chose to believe in plausibility of improvement.
May be he believed that if he loved me each and every day with the same passion may be his vision of perfection will become my actual reality.
All he did was, accepting me the way I was ---- all my flaws and imperfections--- there was no ebb and flow in his love based on the circumstances that arose between us.
Don't you think this is how human relationships should be?
Loving others unconditionally is a difficult task, but it’s the one that would surely make the world a better place if we all just tried.
So, we all can learn a lot from our dogs. Their companionship, loyalty and unconditional love is unmatched by any human standards.