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If a dog was your teacher

From Alan Zimmerman’s Tuesday Tip newsletter May 1 on managing stress, preventing burnout and keeping a healthy work-life balance.

He says to remind yourself you’ll never be finished with all your work. And you have to be okay with that.

Change your pace. Refrain from going full speed 24/7. And refrain from taking it too easy for too long. Either one of them will give you additional stress. But pace yourself as well. If a dog was your teacher, you would know how to keep things in balance. You would learn the following.

* You would run to greet your loved ones when they came home.
* You would accept every chance you get to go for a joyride.
* You would allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
* You would let others know when they've invaded your territory.
* You would take naps.
* You would run, romp, and play daily.
* You would avoid biting when a simple growl would do.
* You would lie in the grass on warm days.
* You would drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree on hot days.
* You would dance around and wag your entire body when you were happy.
* You would delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
* You would eat with gusto and enthusiasm... and stop when you've had enough.
* You would be loyal, never pretending to be something you weren't. And
* You would dig until you found whatever it is you wanted.

Training for Peak Performance, motivational keynotes and seminars by Alan Zimmerman of Prior Lake, Minnesota,


It is nice to see how much I have in common with a dog... of course they left out "You would salivate and drool with excitment at the mere mention of a treat!"

I guess I do that too... man, I don't like this post!

Lynette - I always take a couple of minutes to read the civility message each week. The "If a dog was your teacher" entry came on the perfect day for me. I took the liberty of playing with it a little and now have it mounted front and center above my desk as a daily reminder. Thanks for taking the time to keep these messages coming,

Nice to discover your blog and I found this post so very useful! Came just at the right time for me. T hanks

Love this post. I am definitely going to live a "dog's life" -- when I retire!! If I danced around and wagged my whole body whenever I am happy - my co-workers would think I've gone off the deep end!!!