Everything I know, the good stuff anyway, I learned from my dog, "Friday". I recently had to make a hard descision for him and it saddens me to no end that putting him down was the best thing I could do for him. We were together for 16 years and he taught me things like unconditional love, forgiveness , how get excited about the simple things again, and that things like looks, income, career, religion, race, gender, ethnicity aren't the measure of a person. To him, some people were good and some people weren't and the aformentioned things had nothing to do with his descision. I want to be like him in that regard. I want us all to be like him in that regard but it's hard not to get bogged down by all of the garbage.
I also learned that being myself is okay. No matter what dress you wear to the party there will be somebody who doesn't like it and is willing to say so. That one was hard because we are inclined to gauge ourselves by what others think. I don't know if thats natural or something many of us are taught but getting over it is to expirience freedom.
I gave him food, shelter, and love but feel I got so much more then those simple things in return. My heart is broken right now but it's such a small price to pay for all I learned. In honor of my friend I will keep his lessons close to my heart. When I start to feel bogged down, frustrated, negative and want to lash out at some fool I remember "Friday". He always brings a smile to my face and he was one of the best things to ever happen to me. And I wish we could all be more like him.