Having It Both Ways
My dog has taught me many valuable lessons. This week, we had a new one.
We are struggling with each other over boots.
The record low temperatures have me putting his boots on every time we go out for a walk. He hates them. I can understand this, since he uses his feet to feel the ground as he walks. It looks pretty funny to watch him trying to shake them off each foot every step he takes. It’s not funny how frustrated he gets with these boots, and they prevent him from doing those outdoor tasks he needs to perform. Without the boots, he is in real pain and at risk for frostbite. When he goes out bootless, he tries to walk with as few feet touching the ground as possible. This would be funny if it didn’t worry me so much.
Short of learning to fly, he has two choices, boots or no boots. He can’t have it both ways.
This has me thinking about my own choices.
- I would like to be more fit, but don’t want to do the work to increase my activity many days.
- I would like to have more time to relax, but don’t like to say no to people.
- I want to save money, but also love to travel.
I have been able to get around some of these limitations by increasing activity for everyday tasks, limiting the evenings I go out to help prioritize what activities to say yes to, looking for bargains.
But sometimes it boils down to boots or no boots.
How do you handle these choices in your life?