Have you seen the video that is making the rounds again about Lobo the Siberian Husky at the Westminster Dog show?
The video is over 3 years old but it just made its way to me this morning and let me tell you, I have never identified with a dog so much in my life.
Right now a lot of us probably see ourselves in Lobo.
You see, Lobo trained hard for the competition.
He practiced and practiced.
He ran through the course ahead of time and knew what was expected of him.
He was pretty confident and skilled.
He was ready for the task.
Then he showed up to the competition day and well, let's just say it wasn't his best performance.
He made mistakes.
He was distracted.
He was too slow.
He was too cautious.
He was disinterested.
He needed some redirection.
But, Lobo made it through and finished it.
Sure, he didn't win any medals or trophies, but he still finished it.
And you know what, the crowd still loved him.
He didn't need to be perfect.
He didn't need to be the fastest.
He didn't need to be the winner.
He just showed up as his imperfect self and did ok.
And, it was enough.
So, maybe sometimes it's ok to embrace your inner Lobo.
Maybe sometimes it's ok to just not do your best as long as you still get the thing done.
Maybe sometimes its ok to take the long, slow, leisurely path through your course rather than trying to be the best and the fastest and the most precise.
Because at the end of it all, people will still be there cheering you on - and appreciating you - whether you are the top dog or you are just a regular dog like Lobo.
Now, more than ever, we all need a little support to help get us through the rough spots. With all the pressures of life, it can be a challenge to find time to not only take care of yourself but also to truly understand who you even are anymore.