I once watched a program about police dogs and how they are trained. One event, “Guard the Basket” caught my eye. In this event, a police dog had to guard a wicker basket against a man who would try to steal it.
One dog was unbelievably good at this task. She took her job very seriously. Each time the man tried to steal the basket, the dog stopped him. She never lost her focus on where the man was and anticipated his moves. Again and again he tried, but he never stole her basket.
Something is Missing
We all begin our lives with a basket full of hopes, dreams and passions. Then we get busy. Like speeding cars on a super highway, we travel so fast that our lives blur. We lose our focus in the rush and take our eyes off our baskets. Slowly, the things that gave us contentment and joy begin to disappear.
Later, when we stop rushing so much, we realize something is missing. Life just doesn’t seem as full of promise as it did when we were younger. Fortunately, we’re lucky. The dreams and passions the basket once held may seem lost, but they’re still there inside us. Unlike the dogs in the competition, we get a second chance to change our lives.
What You Can Do
If your life basket is feeling rather light because it’s missing things you dreamed about doing or the things you love, here’s an exercise what you can do to replace what’s missing.
1) Close your eyes and picture your basket when it was full. What did it hold that was very special to you? What dreams, hopes and passions filled your basket?
2) Look at your basket right now. What’s missing from it? What has your basket lost along the way? Was there something it held that you loved as a child, but left behind as an adult? What do you miss the most?
3) Decide what you want to put back into your basket. What needs to go back into your basket right now? Is it several things that you want to put back or maybe just one very important thing?
Whatever you put back into your life’s basket, don’t forget to be like the police dog. Keep your focus on your hopes and dreams and don’t let anyone steal them away again. Protect your passionate life; it’s very precious!
What about you?
Care to share what you want to put back in your basket and why?