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Posted on Jun 26, 2013 in Inspiration, My Journey | 2 comments

Stand back, doors opening

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I have a big black dog, as I have written about a few times (here and here and here).  He expects every creature that he encounters to be nice, smell good, and provide him with pets and treats.  Except squirrels.  Squirrels are bad.

The same can’t be said for the expectations people and other creatures have for my dog.  Since I am usually with him when I am outside, I have learned to see people through their relationship to him.  Some people are curious, some are attracted like a magnet, and some are afraid (The squirrels are not afraid).  I usually smile and say hello to each person to indicate that he is friendly, and to see if we should leave some extra space.  This requires that I look each person we encounter in the eye, but my role in these connections are neutral or facilitating.

Now that I am spending some time traveling alone, I still have the same observations of people while there is space between us.  No expectations, no fear, but still looking.  No one is really looking back, though.

Good morning.

 

Photo credit: A. Lillie

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  1. What a powerful and beautiful last line: no expectations, no fear, but still looking.

    I am rather afraid of dogs, so I don’t pet many. I wouldn’t want you to think I don’t love animals because I do – all kinds, but I just don’t usually pet them because I am fearful of some and my husband is allergic, so I have to change my clothes or risk an asthma attack if I’m too overzealous when loving animals!

    Your dogs eyes say, Love me!

    • I completely understand.
      I don’t expect to have everyone (or anyone) pet my dog, or even interact with us. I was surprised how quickly I started checking to make sure we were not bothering anyone, and how that brought me to actually see the people we pass on the street, rather than just go along my way.

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