Pete came to us from
Pete’s only a year old and would best be described as a Chihuahua cross, but what exactly he’s crossed with is anyone’s guess. He’s a happy little guy and he loves nothing more than the chance to water every plant he passes, one tiny drop at a time. He’s not your average small dog
Just down the road from the kids’ school, is a walking track that stretches for miles in either direction. Since school went back at the start of February, I’ve been taking Pete in the car with me to school drop off, then parking next to the trail and taking him for a half hour walk before heading back home to get on with our day.
From the first
Today when we were out, we came across an old man shuffling along the track with the help of two wooden walking sticks. He was out on his own and I couldn’t see a dog anywhere around him. As soon as he heard us coming up behind him, he stopped and turned to face us and with a friendly smile said, “good morning, now who have we got here?”, referring to little Pete.
Pete and I stopped when we reached him and I gave him Pete’s details and a brief rundown of how he’d ended up with us. The old guy was obviously ready for a chat and after listening with interest, he launched into a
We weren’t far past him when a young couple rounded the corner, doing their best to keep up with an enormous white dog. The old guy called out a friendly greeting to the new couple, asking what breed of dog their big fellow was and the conversation between them went on from there.
My meeting with him really struck me. Here was a guy who was going to considerable effort to put himself in a place where he’d have a steady stream of
I wondered whether I go to that much trouble to achieve what I’m aiming for in my life. Whether I take the easy option most times or whether I’m prepared to push myself beyond what’s convenient?
I’m not sure that I’d give myself an A for effort in all my business networking efforts, but meeting that old guy today made me think about how I could do better. I’ve started this year with a small list of resolutions that I’m determined to work towards, and stepping outside my comfort zone when opportunities present themselves, is one of them.
In the meantime, Pete and I will keep going out. If we’re able to brighten an old fellow’s day with a smile and a few friendly words, that’s got to be good karma for a day in the future when we might find ourselves shuffling down the same track, in need of a bit of company ourselves.