I lost my best friend yesterday, completely and suddenly and out of the blue. When I left the house in the morning he was laying on the floor in the middle of the hallway like he always does – all 100 lbs of his furry self – totally in the way. Like many mornings, I had to step over him every time I wanted to get into my bedroom or the kitchen and he just laid there looking up at me with his big ole puppy-dog eyes every time I did.
I smiled at him, promising not to step on him and vowed to take him for a walk after my conference. But when I got home 8 hours later I found him lying in his favorite spot on the side of the house in the sun; lifeless, breathless and stiff. He was gone. Just like that – no goodbyes, no explanation. Just gone.
For 7 years he was my friend, my companion, my protector. My big old Rottweiler and Chow mix. I was never afraid as long as he was by my side. He was loyal, caring, and loving; he was my best friend. I’d often look at him and wonder how I could love a four-legged ball of fur so much. But he was always there for me. For 7 years he made me smile, he made me laugh, he made me love.
I have been working so much lately and didn’t spend all the time with him I wanted. I was going to take him for a walk when I got home yesterday and take him to the lake today for a swim. But it’s too late now. So today my blog is not about marketing or growing your business; it is about reminding us all to take the time to nurture the parts of our lives that don’t revolve around work. I spend a lot of time talking about investing in yourself and your business in order to succeed. But today I want to remind you to also take the time to nurture your life; your loved ones; the things that matter most to you. Play with your kids, take your dog to the park, take a moment to ask your neighbor how they’re doing today, call your mother, stop for a moment and just hold your spouse; because you just never know when it will be too late.
I miss my dog today and can only reflect in the irony: it took him dying for me to take the day off.