This is Cooper.
"This is NOT happening to me" I imagine him saying to himself.
What I've learned with Cooper is it's best to take time with him. Unlike most dogs, he won't rush out the door to take care of business. If I rush him, he gets cranky. He does not like to be provoked out of his hiding place.
"Love does not provoke." What does that mean? I've thought a lot about it. Sometimes in conversations with other, I'm tempted to say something that may provoke a certain response from others. However, it's not always to provoke laughter. Sometimes I proudly want to say something that I know others may not like. And that's bad.
Why would I want to upset anyone? When I really thought about that, it was my pride. I wanted to be right. I wanted the other person to know I was right.
And that's just wrong.
Love does not provoke.
The battle to control my tongue is never ending.