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Life according to Charlie

You’re not gone… just on another great adventure. ~Christine Sternfels

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Today, I picked up Charlie’s ashes and paw print.  First I cried, then smiled, then cried, then smiled.  Passersby were starting to look concerned (or scared).  I finally got myself together, wiping the tears and snot from my face then I started to think about how life is according to how Charlie lived.  Thought I’d share…

According to Charlie…
Life is simple. If you have to think too hard about anything, you’re just making it complicated and your brain cells are dying in vain. Love abundantly and shamelessly.  Family is so precious, never take them for granted.  Lick their faces if they’re mad at you.  If you want friends, be one.  If you don’t have friends, you probably need a bath.  Be grateful.  Be kind.  Live simply.  Want nothing beyond your needs.  Smile, and it’s okay to drool at the same time.  Give without wanting anything in return, maybe a belly rub now and then.  Dream.  Chase other dogs in your dreams.  Dream about chasing other dogs in a dream.  Take long naps.  If you start snoring, tell your boss it’s nasal therapy.  Work hard.  Play harder.  Change happens, go with the flow.  If the kid gives you a tacky Mohawk, she loves you.  Don’t sweat the small stuff, there’s better use for that energy. Cry if you have to.  Laugh out loud (literally… none of that lol text stuff).  Hug.  Sing (or in my case, howl).  Dance.  Be silly.  Have compassion.  Reserve barking for when it is really needed. Wag your tail even when you’re sad.  Don’t be sad too long.  If it doesn’t smell right, don’t lick it.  Not everything is edible.  Be yourself.  Let life teach, then learn.  If you weren’t born to chase squirrels, don’t.  Different strokes for different folks, opinions don’t always have to be shared.  Don’t judge.  Don’t be a bully, it’s dumb.  Be gentle.  You don’t have to chase the ball just because that’s what the other dogs are doing.  Balls can be admired from a distance.  Relax, I’m just smelling your butt… there is no way I’m eating that!  Listen when someone’s talking.  Do no harm.  Don’t hold grudges.  Get along.  I want world peace.  If you have to explain, you probably should have done it.  Be honest.  Be true to yourself and to others.  There is always a bright side.  Look for the good in everyone.  You don’t have to understand everything.  Wealth is not always measured in gold, money or possessions.  Usually it’s how often you get hugs and belly rubs.  Be remembered for the love you gave.  Love.  Love.  Love.  If all else fails, lick their faces.
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13 responses

  1. I know how you feel. We have a shrine of sorts with the ashes of 5 animals, all still missed and all greatly loved when they were here. And I can still tear up just thinking about any one of them, and I don’t know what triggers that at all.

    I love your life according to Charlie bit, but you forgot one lesson; if you can’t eat it or play with it, piss on it and move on. 🙂

    January 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm

  2. This should be the way humans should live too. We have a lot to learn from the example of Charlie and his furry friends.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm

  3. so sweet and wise. Your story about Charlie was also wonderful… He must have been a great friend. Sorry about your loss.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm

  4. Beautiful – humans can learn much about life through dogs:)

    January 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm

  5. Wonderful wisdom from Charlie! I cried for you too! Hugs my dear friend – B

    January 23, 2013 at 6:48 am

  6. great wisdom! dogs teach us so much. sorry for your loss.

    January 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm

  7. This is why I love animals. Thank you so much for posting.

    February 4, 2013 at 11:55 am

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