There’s a long-standing joke in the marketing world that if you want to sell something just use a picture of a baby or a puppy. And while I’ve never actually done this in my nearly 30 years of marketing, I do realize there is something about babies and puppies that is rather seductive. I know that probably sounds blasphemes, using the word seductive with regard to such innocent creatures, but bear with me for a moment, my intentions are as pure as these innocents, I assure you.
This blog post is not about marketing.
Rather, it’s about the effect babies and puppies have on us. This year I’ve experienced more than my fair share of both, and I have to say, the perspective it has provided in my life has been tremendous.
I’ve shared quite a bit on this blog about losing my dog Maverick in February, and bringing Hope, a little golden retriever puppy into our lives to help fill the void. I’ve also shared all the joy Hope has brought me. Ways that go far beyond putting a smile on my face because she is so cute. To say I am grateful for all that Hope as done for me is probably an understatement. She has literally changed my life for the better.
A Brand New Baby.
This week, I had the honor of meeting my grand-nephew, and holding him when he was only about 14 hours old.
As I cradled this tiny human in my arms and gazed down at his little face, I couldn’t help but smile. I couldn’t help but feel gratitude. I couldn’t help but think that all the things I tend to concern myself with on a day-to-day basis really don’t matter. Because here is this new little person just entering our world, with his whole life ahead of him. And yet he is not worried or stressed. He is content just to be held and have his basic needs taken care of.
What Babies and Puppies Represent.
I think the attraction with babies and puppies is what they represent: Purity. They haven’t yet been tainted by this world. They have few expectations. They are constantly grateful. They love unconditionally. They are pure happiness all wrapped up in a cute package.
Sadly, we let time and experience taint that purity.
Perhaps it’s inevitable. We experience hurt, pain, failure, disappointment, and so many other “negative” emotions throughout our lives, that maybe they can’t help but change us.
But what if we could take a lesson or two in happiness and contentment from babies and puppies?
How would your life be different if you…
- went with flow more
- stopped rushing around all the time
- loved unconditionally
- showed gratitude for everything you have instead of always wanting more
- laughed more
- smiled more
- said hello to strangers more often
- let others take care of you on occasion
- gave yourself permission to take a nap during the day
- played more
I challenge you to be inspired by the simple lives babies and puppies lead. I understand that as an adult you have responsibilities infants don’t have. But that doesn’t mean you have to always take life so seriously. It doesn’t mean you can’t adopt a more playful, contented, and grateful attitude.