Whether you are more of an introvert or extrovert, here’s my holiday gift to you. May you find some love today whether you are in a relationship or not.
It’s from an unknown author – I tried to search for giving credit and came up short. If you know who it is, please let me know in the comments? Being a dog lover like I am, I had to share it with you:
Dog Inner Peace Wisdom on Valentines Day For The Innie And Outie In You
I first got this dog wisdom in an email from my husband and while he usually credits where things like this he shares come from, he had no idea either.
Adapted from Inner Peace – author unknown
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without a glass of wine,
Just how does this help you on Valentines Day? I’m getting to that, just bear with me. Otherwise a little history lesson might get lost.
This was a holiday founded in the days of the Roman Empire. It started then as the Lupercian Festival, a celebration to honor the God of Fertility and men would choose a wife. But then, if you remember the emperor Claudius, this changed when he outlawed marriages.
Just where would my hubby and I be if that law stayed in place! My goodness where would hundreds of thousands of us be?
What were the couples in love to do? They went to the Bishop Valentine who secretly married them.
That wasn’t as positive an experience for the Bishop as for the couples in love. Valentine was sent to prison. When he learned is was to be put to death, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter.
Enter our current card tradition. Valentine started writing love letters to her and on a last note he signed it, “From your valentine.”
It was a Pope Gelasius who then outlawed the old Lupercian festival for good and found it to be an opening to honor Bishop Valentine.
You can find out more about the history and origin of this holiday at Essortment – Your Source for knowledge.
Now for the Inner Peace, that love you can give from the inside then out, from dogs innate wisdom:
“If you can start the day without caffeine.” We all might need or want a charge throughout the day, but for your own inner peace, consider another way to get it first thing in the morning. I’m only about 50% there, meaning about 3 or 4 times a week I start the pot of coffee for me and my husband.
“If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains.” Exercise, make some luxury time and consider slipping away into a warm bath in a Jacuzzi. Aches and pains melt away and the smiles start the minute you’re in it.
Here’s an idea from Morty Lefkoe: no matter what comes your way in any one day, or week, or year, think and say to yourself, “My life works.” He spells out the recipe on his blog post, “My life works”—a context for your life.“If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles.
“If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it.” Whether you’re a guy or gal, if you are the cook in the house, find your favorite top 5 to 10 dinner recipes and rotate them during a month you know your schedule is going to be hectic. I’ve found this habit is an easy to show love to myself! It’s such an energy saver.
Letting go of control is so difficult for me. What I use as my role model to keep at it is our beloved poodle Chanel, now enjoying life again on the Rainbow Bridge. She never complained once when we headed out to dinner without her, left for weeks at a time for vacation or just founds our selves to tired to play ball with her.“If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time.”
Gosh, two in a row for me to work on! Maybe this is an introvert thing? All I know is, it might have to make it eventually to a daily habit for me to let it go.“If you can take criticism and blame without resentment.”
Hooray, back on an inner peace streak here. My morning routine leaves me feeling like can conquer the day. Bring it on world!“ If you can conquer tension without medical help. ”
“If you can relax without a glass of wine,” Does it count I wonder if you just have a weekly dinner drink, or two? Probably not. I have no evidence (no hidden bottles, no morning after glasses) our dog ever drank.
If I need to spell this one out, it’s likely you might need a naturopath or medical doctor unless you have and are going through a most significant life emotional event. Understandable, to me at least.“If you can sleep without the aid of drugs.”
Likely we are not as adept with all of these inner peace and energizing ideas as our furry friends. But for the love of others, and us it’s worth checking off as many Inner Peace actions from the wisdom of a dog to start to achieve it more often.
Which of these ideas are part of your daily life?
What other inner peace ways, to go from love inside out, would you consider might fit in on Valentines Day?