Recently a friend of mine told me a fable about a man and his dog. The man got up early one morning and took his golden retriever to the bay to fetch sticks. The man had never done this before and couldn’t wait to see how well his dog could retrieve.
When the man threw the stick out into the bay, he couldn’t believe his eyes. The dog ran gracefully across the surface of the water, grabbed the stick, and returned to his owner without getting wet. The man threw the stick several more times and the same thing happened.
When the man returned home he was careful not to tell anyone about his amazing dog. He feared that they would think he was crazy. It would be best if he showed them, he reasoned.
The next day he took a friend out to the bay to watch his miraculous dog. He did not mention a thing about the previous day. Without telling his friend about his dog’s capabilities, he threw the stick, just hoping that his dog would perform. Out flew the stick, with the dog trailing behind it on the surface of the water.
The man grinned from ear to ear- his dog had done it again. But when he looked over at his buddy, his friend just stared out at the bay with no reaction at all. This confused the man. Had he not just seen his dog walk on water?
He then asked his friend, “Roy, Did you see that? Did you see what just happened?”
At that Roy replied, “I didn’t want to say anything about it, Henry. But now that you bring it up, I will. Henry, I think that something is wrong with your dog. He doesn’t know how to swim.”
If you are quick to focus on the negative, you will miss many miracles. What do you tune into?
*The dog in the picture is my dog, Daisy. And yes, she is wet. And no, she can’t walk on water. But she can fetch really really well. Let’s all open our eyes to the wonderful things that surround us. Enjoy your day.