Every. Single. Time.
Yes, every single time we come in the door our family dog goes absolutely crazy.
Backflips, running uncontrollably in circles, flipping out to see us.
I was almost licked to death once.
Even if we’ve been gone 10 minutes or 2 weeks, it’s the same reaction and reception.
Have you experienced this before with your family pet?
Exquisite, beautiful, unbridled joy.
I’m pretty sure our dog didn’t ever pen The Promise to The Family that she would react to us this way – it’s just her natural response, and it’s incredibly endearing.
One day the kids came home with our little Goldie, a sub-4 lb. full grown Maltese/Yorkie mix called a Morkie, following a long one mile walk (for a dog her size, that’s the equivalent of a 100 mile odyssey), and she seemed exhausted.
We put her in her little room for a nap.
Upon re-entering she was lying on the floor, on her back, legs in the air, gasping for breath. We thought she was practically dead.
My wife screamed, kids started crying, I was at an event and received a phone call, which never happens unless there’s an emergency.
As they rushed to the Pet Vet E.R. the kids were beside themselves, we thought she was a goner.
We laugh about the story now even though it still scares us, but apparently she had gotten into the weeds while on her walk and literally found a major dose of legitimate weed stashed by some neighborhood kids at the park. It nearly killed her. After an overnighter of liquids and a hefty payment, by the next morning we had our normal happy dog back.
The cost of the E.R. visit was as much as the dog to purchase originally. Yet it wasn’t even a question, we would do whatever it took to help her.
When we consider what a Family Pet means to us, to some reading this, your pet may be your main definition of Family. She is a part of ours for sure.
This post is about The One.
How we treat The One who sits before us, if we engage fully, look them in the eye, or are glued to our phones and distracted when that person needs our attention.
The Promise to The One is to care for, help, love, and embrace The One in our lives that means so much to us.
In business it is our Customer. We don’t glance over the shoulder of the prospect to see who just entered the building, we are 100% with the person in front of us.
What is the cost of us breaking this unspoken Promise? Lost business? A Mission Statement unfulfilled? Yes to all.
In the work family the promise is to The One we are on the conference call with, or meeting in our office, helping them to succeed with their amazing talents and gifts. Do we help them realize their Signature Moves?
In the home family it is The One who may not come to us with a young teenage problem, whom we must seek it out and be persistent, a shoulder to cry on, someone they can rely on.
And the Family Pet – what is your Promise to yours? Whether it be the daily walk, the loving voice you use, or the fun you have just letting them attack your hand (see video), what is your promise to The One?
Our Goldie is a blessing. She doesn’t even realize it, she just lives her life to it’s fullest and makes us all have joy.
I want to be like that – to just spread joy – and in essence my Promise to The One is the same as my promise to the world as well.
What’s your Promise to The One?
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