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Source: “I get rid of dogs as soon as they stop being cute puppies” by Shona Sibary, DAILY MAIL, Published: 16:30 EST, 27 August 2015
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Shoan Sibary has confessed to the DAILY MAIL, “I get rid of dogs as soon as they stop being cute puppies.”
Indeed, she has given away four dogs in four years.
I’m a serial dogamist. In the early stages of the relationship I’m head over heels. I attend all the puppy classes. I don’t even begrudge picking up dog poo.
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my new canine companion. But the moment things get complicated and they develop a problem, I don’t covet a dog-free existence like any other sane person might. Instead, I start wondering if there is another, more suitable dog out there.
Maybe one that is less bouncy, less barky, less inclined to moult everywhere. And so the new search begins and I cannot rest until I have found a replacement puppy to lie adoringly at my feet.
Isn’t every commitment like a puppy waiting to turn into a real dog? We begin our commitments with enthusiasm and anticipation, until responsibility kicks in. Everybody loves the puppy stage, but every puppy eventually becomes a real dog.
The French proverb, “You need to not only want what you want, you need to want what your want leads to,” finds perfect application here. Real love, committed love, not only wants what it wants, it wants what that want leads to.
Love that fades with effort is puppy love. Love that fulfills its obligations is real love.
Don’t discard your relationships when someone starts molting!
To enjoy long-term committed relationships we must accept the long-term responsibilities that come with them.
Bottom line: A mature relationship involves a real dog.
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good” (Romans 12:9, NLT).
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