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Monday, October 11, 2010

Keeping Your Cool

You've seen Roxie before (hi Roxie!). After a long walk on a hot day, she laid down in the shallow end of the pond. Most dogs swim. Not Roxie. She just spread out in the cool water and relaxed.

Sometimes it's hard to keep your cool when situations get too "hot." Some people walk away. Others count to ten. There are the extremes of a full screaming blow out or the silent treatment. Regardless, it's not easy to navigate the murky waters of disagreement.

But disagreements are differences of opinion and perspective, not the end of the world. They are normal, and somehow we need to figure out how to live in peace with each other, even when we see things differently.

Do I have the answers on how to do that effectively? Hardly. Yet I've seen plenty of dogs playing together happily one minute, only to have a bit of a spat. After the barking and growling cease, they go back to their game as if nothing happened.

"Be kind to one another, forgiving each other." The dogs seem to have this down. Maybe we can do better too.

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