Bounding, bouncing, full of glee--my dog was born rife with energy.
Tail curved and bristled she wags it back and forth with unrestrained excitement. Paw raised and pointing she stands grinning her doggy grin.
She's a 40lb australian cattle dog--ever since she was a puppy she had infinite energy and near-endless enthusiasm. And ever since she was born we've
played a simple game.
I throw the frisbee and she goes sprinting after it. I toss the stick and she starts racing in pursuit.
When the weather gets cold I'll toss snowballs akimbo and she'll go spraying through the powder in every direction.
"Goosie chase a SNOW-BALL!" I shout, and she prepares for that throw.
Summer or winter that game never gets old. Whether spring or autumn she enjoys it in full.
But regardless the changing seasons, one rule always remains constant:
One maxim stays the same.
Whatever toy we're using--I'll always throw without fail. Never will I fool her with a fake toss.
Never will I deceive her with a intentionally fraudulent command.
Too many times I've seen friends and family members playing a cruel game where they pretend to throw the stick but hold it back at the last
second--then laugh as their poor dogs go haplessly chasing after nothing.
All that does is instill faulty neurological wiring in your beloved pet. All that accomplishes is teaching your faithful hound that it needs prepare
By only pretending to throw the stick then letting the dog suffer that delusion, you're showing it that you can't be trusted.
You're teaching it that humans lie.
And that sick game extends well beyond the province of our furry friends. Because we play it with each other as well.
How often have you promised something then broken your word?
How many times have you vowed be faithful then committed an act of betrayal?
You might consider these one-off events of scant significance. But what you failed consider is this:
Our actions instill neurological patterns in the minds of others. Our words and our deeds program our reputation into being.
Because "reputation" is nothing more than a snapshot of the neurological connections to which people relate us in their minds. It's naught but the
primary associations they have connected with our names and faces.
Thus words and actions live on immortal in the minds of others. Deeds done and sins committed continue existing long after the moment of their
occurrence has passed.
Through interacting with you on a prolonged basis, people assemble a mental dossier of your personality and your predicted behaviors.
Therefore you've every incentive to remain honest in your actions.
You've always a motive to be forthright in your ways.
Because whatever you do unto others is being encoded in the neurological structure of their brains. And when you're angry, hostile, negative,
dishonest, difficult, adverse--these things they'll remember and recall. All that information is sinking into the associative structure within that
quantum supercomputer between their ears.
That information they consult each time they think about you. That dossier they update with each interaction.
Then in time--instinctively they begin determining whether you're someone they can trust. They start considering whether you're a person with whom
they want associate.
And then, they begin deciding in advance whether you're going to throw the stick.
Reputation isn't some intangible element that exists in nebulous form. It's a very real construct that exists in the minds of those with whom you
interact. And because your reputation sits in the brains of so many, long it'll endure even after your physical form is gone.
Therefore you should take it seriously. You should consider it always.
Be unfailingly honest. Be unerringly forthright.
Only instill the most positive associations alongside your name. Perpetually remain upbeat, pleasant, truthful, kind, and benevolent.
Never deliberately fool or mislead others. Never take advantage of them for your own twisted amusement.
Whether you're dealing with your furry friends or your acquaintances on two legs--whether you're dealing with your friend or coworkers or
children--always be impeccable.
And even when you're playing a game, remember to always throw the stick.
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