Listen to the Dog

Happy BrutusMy littlest dog has a fascination with the bathtub.  Anytime I go into the bathroom he immediately pops up on the edge, looks in then turns around and looks at me like he has missed something.

If you are a pet owner you know the look.  The one where they scope something out expecting to find something and when it is not there give you a look like, “ok, what did you do with it?”  Put down an empty food dish to see what I mean.

It’s not that he loves baths, all my dogs do well getting a bath, but not that they are overly excited about it.  So I couldn’t figure out what the heck he keeps looking for so expectantly.

Then it hit me – he’s looking for the happy.

When I am stressed or completely exhausted one thing that I love is a hot bubble bath complete with candles, oils, scents, scrubs – the whole relaxing works.  I go into that tub a bundle of nerves and come out peaceful – and smelly pretty, too.

Brutus is looking for whatever is in that tub that makes me go from crazy to serene.

Today I have been having a hard time getting him away from that tub.  I couldn’t figure out why today was worse for him than normal then it dawned on me.  For the first time in a couple weeks I finally had my bubble bath.

These past couple weeks have been nothing less than chaotic.  All good chaos, mind you, but completely, out of control, crazy, are-you-kidding-me chaos.  The intensity has been so much that I’ve been too exhausted to even draw that bath, until last night.

Apparently it worked, peace is now in our home, and Brutus is trying to find what did it.  Or he is telling me to get in there more often because I have been a crazy lady.

Job searching can have highs and lows; complete famines or all out feasts – you just never know.  Either way they can be stressful times and it is during that time that you need to take care of yourself the most.

I will admit over the past couple of weeks I have been so charged with all the positives and taking care of all the wonderful things going on that I have neglected myself.  I haven’t been eating well (that is when I remember to eat) I can’t really remember what sleep is and my hair has been in a permanent ponytail.  From the moment I open my eyes to the time I finally collapse at night I have been going; mentally, physically and emotionally.  I was freaking exhausted.

I should have been paying attention to the little dog.

He kept getting up on that bathtub and looking at me.  Over the past two weeks he wasn’t looking for the happy so much as telling me to get my butt in there and slow down.

Take that day, take that moment to just stop and breathe.  Take time to rejuvenate and find the happy.  All things, positive or negative will be better handled if you take care of yourself first.  If you are starting to find yourself so run down that you forget even the most basic things – like eating – stop.

Listen to the dog.

Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW

Career Coach-Strategist

Certified Professional Resume Writer

Career Polish, Inc.

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