December 29, 2012

White Dog asked, "Why do humans do that?" "What?" "Get all worked up on January 1st and start making promises and resolutions and stuff. Why wait until this one day to make changes to your life?" "I don't know, Little One, maybe it has something to do with a new year and a fresh start."

"What are your resolutions, momma?" she asked. "Sweet One, I long ago stopped making promises to change. I try my best every single day and if I fall down then I get up and try again and don't beat myself up or add stress on one day to become someone completely different."

"How about you," I asked White Dog. She laughed. "Momma you learned your ways from me! Doing what you can and then moving on is the White Dog way of approaching life. Oh, and never forgetting to be grateful or compassionate...those are important, too!"

We called in the rest of The White Dog Army and asked each of them about making resolutions. To a pack member the White Ones agreed that staying true to yourself was the only promise you need. "I am never going to be a hummingbird," Nuka said. "I can keep trying to change myself into one or I can just enjoy being the most wonderful White Dog possible."

But what about bad habits, I pushed, shouldn't we be firm about resolving to change them? Again, The WDA pointed out the silliness of picking a day and then quitting after a few weeks when the pressure makes you stumble. "Take your time. Have a plan. Don't change because the calendar does." YoYoMa replied. "When the time is right you will be confident and will be strong enough to take the many small steps necessary to succeed in changing," Puff shared. "Look at how I conquered eating stuffies til I puked." "True but you are so gross," WD added.

"This weekend is not about making a list of things that are bad or being unhappy with who you are," WD continued. "The New Year is a good time to take stock of what was and what you want it to be. It is a time of reflection and hope. Read this piece we found and think about what it is saying. It is not about resolutions. It is about Believing and that is truly the key to change. There is much power in these words that will carry you into the New Year on wings of wonder."


Sagira said...

Great post. We don't do a resolution either. We try to do good all year long as well.

Brian said...

My only resolution is to not make resolutions! I just try my best every day too!

meowmeowmans said...

Brilliant, dear friends! We try our very best every day, too.

Random Felines said...

a good lesson for all of us..... and as we say to mom, if all else fails, take a nap :)

Wyatt said...

Good advice.
We strive for more walks and more family time. Easy Peasy, Win-Win for all!

Wyatt and Stanzie

GOOSE said...

Great post. My MOM does not call them resolutions but resolves. And what she resolves is to make a difference. But she strives for that every day, so I guess it is not really a new year thing.

Jeanne Pursell said...

Excellent post!! We wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy New Year!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Asta said...

Sweet , wise White dogs
How I love weading yoow wowds. They awe always fwom the heawt and so twooo.
Most hoomans who make big pwomises of monumental changes on New Yeaws, bweak them the fiwstest week and then feel guilty. How silly. How much bettew to always twy yoow best to be the most wondewful hooman ow fuwwkid and stay twoo to youwself
Thank you fow yoow fwiendship and love always
We wish you good health and joy in evewy moment
Smoochie kisses
Asta and Mommi

Ginger Jasper said...

I also love reading what you write. Wise words and so true. I agree on the making new promises thing because so long as we make sure we try to be good and to do good things whenever we can then that is good. To try and do our best is the good thing if that makes sense. Happy New Year to you all.. Hugs GJ x

PS please did you recieve the package with the cards from the auction yet as they were posted quite a while ago.

The Slimmer Pugs, Kitties, and Mama said...

Hi WDA! Wesa wishin' you all a Happy and Healthy and most love-filled New Year!
Much Luvums,
The Slimmer Puggums
George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, & Mimi

Jacqueline said...

Awesome post as always=love your point of view...Beautiful header too...Happy 2013, wonderful friends=wishing you all a New Year filled with great health, much love, tremendous joy and lots of fun!!!...xoxo...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat