Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
Lately, I have been thinking about optimists versus pessimists, and their diametrically opposed ways of seeing the world. The glass-half-full or half-empty phenomenon can be seen in pretty much everything and everyone in our lives, from the way we see people, places, countries, and finally the whole world.
I hear more people than ever before pining for the world that “used to be,” and I can understand that. I miss some parts, too, for example, the freedom to move and travel without restrictions because 2020 has been such a challenging year in that regard.
But even before COVID, there was a negative and positive aspect in everything. In other words, the final result of how we live and view the world depends solely on our choices. For example, some people love New York City, while others see it as too busy, and a messy concrete jungle.
Some dog enthusiasts love German Shepherds, while others prefer Chihuahuas, Labs, Border Collies or .............. (fill in as per your heart's desire😉). Some folks prefer female dogs, others favour males. In other words, there are over 7 billion opinions in the world on anything and everything, and these opinions depend on peoples’ perceptions and finally the choices they make.
The same also applies to how we see people and interpersonal relationships. Sometimes we get along with another person easily, and other times it feels more like an interaction of oil and water. I am sure you know what I mean. There are people who we love, and others not so much, and it is purely because our busy little mind makes a choice.
This is how we decide whether we like or dislike public figures, co-workers, and family, and how we behave in their presence.
Every day we make many choices about how we perceive things, which means that WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHOOSE.
This reminds me of a very funny story from my veterinary anatomy class with professor Dr. Najbrt, who said, “If you close your eyes and use your imagination, even shit can smell like pepperoni!”
Try it and see the next time you pick up after your best friend 😆.
This also means that we have a choice of how we see pet food companies. Are they evil money-driven entities incapable of making healthy pet food, or the crème de la crème of scientific nutrition?
In the grand scheme of things, an opinion wouldn't matter so much if it didn't lead to making decisions for our helpless dogs, and this is the main difference.
Most humans have the luxury of a choice, and while some dogs are lucky enough to have a good life and others less so, they can't choose what food and supplements they get and what treatments they will receive. This is why my team and I love our work. We hope that with a little bit of luck, we help you make the best decisions for your dogs, and help your friends to do the same by sharing articles and telling them about my supplements and products.
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