November 9, 2021

November 9, 2021

Please don’t compare yourselves, because  it only leads to disappointment. There I was, simply enjoying some much needed playtime in the backyard when she said it. “Why can’t you drop the ball like Louie always did?” Ouch!  It is one thing to think it, but she said it  OUTLOUD.  If you must know however, I am usually quite good about dropping the ball when commanded.   I am only hesitant when she is using the backpack blower…I mean, that is loud! Immediately, I knew she regretting comparing me to Louie because she apologized profusely and kept hugging me.

The moment words come out of human mouths, sometimes the hurt accompanies.   AHA I thought, why can’t humans understand   that life is short, so let things go?!  But, I must say, ever since Nancy compared me to Louie, I realized that I never would say to her, why aren’t you a better dog trainer, like Jill?!  See, I may think things, but gosh, I don’t say them!   (Thanks, Jill….Musique Standard Poodles,  you are so appreciated every single day here by all of us!)

If I may share Emily Dickinson’s dog quote, “Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.”   Since I am obviously not a poet, I decided to read more of Emily Dickinson’s poems.   I really like her poems.  In fact, I wanted to share one of her poems to end this blog.   I realize it doesn’t have a lot to do with my “comparison” topic.   I simply needed an ending to my blog.

“Hope” is the Thing With Feathers   by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
Source: The Poems of Emily Dickinson Edited by R. W. Franklin (Harvard University Press, 1999)


2 thoughts on “November 9, 2021

  1. Good reminders Harmony! Comparison can be motivating to some (with competitive drive) but can be painful and shut down others. For me, I prefer to enjoy each person/experience for what it is rather than comparing, because I tend to see the uniqueness in everything I encounter. Just like poetry – it’s meaning is different every time you read it. Thanks for sharing – it’s a great reminder to tap into poetry as we head into the winter months!

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