Leadership Thought #333 – Appreciating the Kindness of Strangers

Yesterday as I was winding down the holiday weekend with my kids our dog (Bambi) got loose from the back yard and ran off. You can’t really blame the dog. It was our fault for leaving the gate open and not paying attention. We were all devastated. She is still fairly young and not all that street smart. We live in a busy downtown area and it isn’t difficult for your thoughts to conjure up many possible terrible outcomes. To make matters worse she wasn’t wearing her collar. It would have been a very sad way to end an otherwise happy weekend if we had been unable to find her.

What My Dog Taught Me

I have only ever really been a “dog” person when it comes to pets. In my humble opinion, they are the rare pet that actually brings out our better nature and ends up teaching us things about life. There are three things in particular that “Buddy” and his predecessors have taught me: 1) the power of unconditional love; 2) the importance of loyalty and trust in our relationships; and 3) managing the inevitability of grief and loss in life.