We didn't stop, we had a solid pace going.
Several houses down a Chihuahua let out a howl/bark combo. An awful sound hard to believe it came from such a small dog. I remembered what someone told me once about dogs barking in the neighborhood...
They get jealous because they aren't the ones going for a walk. They aren't greeting us as we pass by, they are saying "take me, take me!"
A solid mile into our walk and a Dachshund ran out into his yard to let out his disapproval of our walk.
We kept the same pace.
Sunny would look up at me as if to say, "Are you sure we shouldn't stop and shake paws???"
It wasn't until the house near the end of our route that I realized there was a great Gospel lesson to learn on this walk. A rather loud, confident dog a little smaller than Sunny came running out into her yard. She's been known to wander the streets.
This dog distracted Sunny the most. She stopped, looked back at the dog, worried looks on her cute face, and kept looking up at me for approval.
Her confidence was gone.
I encouraged her to keep moving forward as we made the final steps to our driveway, called her a "good girl" and gave her a slice of cheese when we were inside.
Could this same walk be applied to our lives?
What dogs are barking at us on a daily basis?
Or are we the ones doing the barking?
Some dogs were in their homes, hiding behind curtains while they barked at Sunny, others did it aggressively and openly in their front yards.
Either way, they were trying to make her feel bad for going on a nice walk.
Why?Because their owners weren't taking them on one.
Think about it...
Once I was at work, during my circulation desk time I read an August 2013 Ensign article titled, "No Corrupt Communication". Read it here.
Just look at the picture! I couldn't believe how appropriate the article was for this post!!!!!
This quote stood out:
"Everywhere is heard the snide remark, the sarcastic give, the cutting down of associates. Sadly, these are too often the essence of our conversation. In our homes, wives weep and children finally give up under the barrage of criticism leveled by husbands and fathers.
Criticism is the forerunner of divorce, the cultivator of rebellion, sometimes a catalyst that leads to failure...
I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort."
Gordon B. Hinckley
After reading this article and going on our walk, I realized some areas of my life I need to do some serious work. The article also touched on knowing people in our lives who we may see acting out in this way.
It suggested that we are to show an increase of love for those who may act like those dogs on our walk.
I've always been a believer though that we are to tolerate and be kind to others, but it certainly does not mean we have to be "best friends" with those who belittle and put us down either.
Follow your own personal promptings on that one!