08/16/2012 12:09 pm ET Updated Oct 16, 2012

Be the Person Your Dog Thinks You Are

"To be the person my dog thinks I am." | Support Lynn's Intent

We put a lot of thought into what other people think of us. Does he like me? Why does she hate me? What did I do to him? Why does she think that of me? It is in our nature to want to be liked by others and to want their approval, but sometimes that very quality gets the best of us. We start measuring our self worth by other people's opinions. Before we do this, the question we should ask ourselves is what importance does this person have in my life? Why should their opinion matter? What motivates them to act this way toward me? Humans are more often than not motivated by selfish reasons, so why do we care so much about what they think?

There is a great quote from author Mary Ann Evans, also known by her pen name George Eliot, that says: "We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment." Instead of looking for approval from other people, imagine what your dog thinks of you. The love that your dog has for you is one of the most unadulterated loves. Your dog does not care if you are thin or fat. Your dog does not judge if you are having a bad day. And your dog will never reject your affection. You are your dog's favorite person.

When another living being loves you so much, why would you ever doubt your self worth? We should instead strive to live up to that love and be the type of person our dog thinks we are.

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