Wednesday, October 13, 2010

An Old Pro

Meet Otto (hi Otto!). Isn't he cute?

Otto visited the kennel for the second time this past weekend. The first time was this summer. Like many young dogs who are kenneled, he had a few accidents the first time he was here. From the look on his face, I could tell that being in a strange environment took some getting used to. But he made friends and had a good time.

When he arrived for his second visit, he knew what to expect. He came in with tail wagging, looking for his friends. He didn't have a single accident and ate very well. His face was relaxed and happy (just look at him!).

Doing things for the first time is hard. We don't know what to expect and we can be nervous. Using a personal example, I've been asked to help at a local soup kitchen (yes, it's even called that) this morning. I don't have any idea what it will be like. I'm pretty sure it will involve a hair net. However, I'm going anyway. Like Otto, it's likely that this new experience will be interesting. Maybe I'll even want to go again. (I just hope I don't have an accident - of any type).

What about you? Does the fear of the unknown keep you away from trying new things? Have you hesitated to be adventurous, then later found it was a great experience?

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