The Insane Dog

I was behind a pickup for about 20-30 minutes or so earlier today as I passed through the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe. In the bed of the truck there was a dog that kept pacing back and forth from the driver’s side to the passenger’s side non-stop the whole entire time. Over and over it would reach one side, poke its nose very briefly into the wind and then, appearently not liking the cold so much, it would then pace back over to the other side and do the same thing again there.

Seeing this dance go on and on, I was reminded of the saying that goes something like, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result” and so I decided to title this post according to that first impression as it would be the most common reaction one would have to seeing it.

However while the dog’s strange and obviously deep rooted persistance might have seemed “insane” on the surface according to that definition, how is it any different from what any of us do with regularity?

People still keep going to all these casinos I’ve been passing by in Nevada. Many still vote for the same old tired candidates who sell their souls to the businesses and special interest groups that gave them the most money instead of looking out for the people who voted them into office. And there are still millions of people who wake up each morning and daydream about doing what they love, making a difference or simply making a name for themselves, while at the very same time they are slipping on their blue Walmart smock or similar attire.

Could you imagine walking into a Buy More and hearing the PA crackle to life with: “Mother Theresa to register 3 for a price check, Mother Theresa, to register 3”?

Of course not. She loved helping people and helping people made a difference and the difference that she made meant she also (unselfishly and without seeking it I might add) made a name for herself.

Each if us needs to sum up the courage to face the cold wind now and again instead of just chasing it aimlessly. Otherwise, we’re no better off and just as “insane” as that poor dog.

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~ by ghendar on December 10, 2009.