It’s Frankies 7th birthday. I always wanted a dog, but she is my first.
See my parents always said no; “a dog is hard work and takes away your freedom”. For years I made my parents' truth, my own.
Then in 2013, I visited a friend in Amsterdam for her birthday. This was a special time in my life. I had gotten into some trouble, I could have avoided, had I only listened to my inner voice. So, here I was, going all-in on the path of authenticity, overwhelmed with the love I produced inside from doing so.
The most popular guest at this Party was, “Bos”, a mini-wired-haired Dachshund. I fell in love. My grandparents always had teckels and Bos was a pure love-bomb. With my inner voice now allowed to speak freely; I hear myself say; “if she makes puppies I want one!”.
Fast forward two years. I get a call. Bos, is having puppies. My heart skips a beat. I feel warm. I want to scream “YES!”, but I hear that other voice in my head “dogs are hard work. They take away your freedom”. I observe myself from the outside as I say: “no thanks, maybe next time”...
I sit there. My life isn’t exactly ordered. I’m freelancing, some months are great others not so much. I feel empty. Like someone hit the switch.
Weeks later, another call. Apparently, one puppy is still up for grabs. “Was I really sure I didn’t want one”? And there it comes NOOOOO!! not sure! Actually, I’m sure I want one, more than I ever wanted anything my entire life.
Having a dog and all that comes with it never felt like hard work to me. I realized that to me having a dog companion every day meant freedom. And just like any concept such as happiness and success, it’s individual.
For many years I had made my parent's truth regarding dogs my own truth.
Through Frankie I realized once more how important it is to listen to and follow that inner voice; how enormous the reward is when we do. And how I wish that for everyone on this planet.
If we don’t work on ourselves and become aware of the beliefs we carry within, we can never be sure whose life we are living.
You have one – it should be yours.
Louise & Frankie
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Louise Harms - Self Awareness & Mindfulness Mentor
Louise is a visionary and game-changer ready to end all forms of inequality. First, inside. And then outside. She believes in a world where;
we are all winners
we all have a value, nature has appointed to us
and that all this comparing has made us focus on finite games when life is an infinite one - where each and every one of us, sets our own limits
Get ready to have your mind blown and change the current system.