and sniff cheese that someone else cuts
What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.
- Diogenes (412-323 BC)
Friends Among Us (2020) by Philosopher Daniel Sanderson
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Inspired by Diogenes (412-323 BC)'s quote, "What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.". The titled responsion is...
Sometimes I also come up blank, rarely so do I not have a responsion or something to counter with, being witty, contradictory or clever. When wit fails and stairs are blank, sometimes the best response is from a blank slate. The canvas is yours my friend, the only theme is a pedadoggy!
Life is in flux and, therefore, continually changing as a regular course. Contemporarily, for establishments, this reality means adapting or risking competitive relevance, and for individuals, the forces of change represent learning and adapting or being left behind in the workforce.
Given the scale of these pressures on organizations, educational institutions, and even government agencies to keep up, I was recently drawing inspiration from dogs. Over the years, I have marveled at dogs’ ability to adapt, internalize, and live with enormous amounts of change.
These adaptive qualities are borne out of the history of canines, which diverged from their wolf origins genetically and behaviorally fifteen to twenty thousand years ago and began to be domesticated in Europe and Asia.
This domestication process had origins in that dogs’ sense of smell aided with hunting for food, their thick coats offered warmth for nomadic hunter-gatherers who inhabited in camps (and hence the expression “a three-dog night”), and they delivered safety for humans among other animals.
This history and close relationship have given dogs the status of “man’s best friend,” given that dogs are the only species that have most effectively evolved with humans. However, this intimate relation also provides insights into some differences between canines and the humans they cohabitate with, primarily when paralleling their respective responses to change. Let’s look at this occurrence across three classifications of change:
Structural: A few years ago, when we rescued a dog whose owner had passed away and assimilated her into our home and our pack of two males, I learned a few things. This specific dog was a retired champion show dog with an alpha personality; however, it was evident that she was still disordered and probably even grief-stricken regarding the loss of her owner. She integrated herself into our home over the course of a month by first bonding with one family member and then having a few skirmishes with one of our two equally dominant males, all while disregarding me until she had founded her ruling place in the pack. This has been the established order ever since.
Physical: Many years ago, we had a dog who went blind very cursorily at a young age, and we observed the fantastic physical adaptability of the species. With food consumption and going outside being two established and essential aspects of daily dog life, we were concerned that the new version of these routines would necessitate intervention and be a difficult adjustment.
So, we gaped at how, with no proper training or direction from us, this dog reckoned how to navigate from room to room by embracing the walls to find his water bowl, steer to the back door, and actively remind us that it was time for his dinner by showing up next to his bowl animatedly tapping his paws.
Process: Our three current family dogs’ internal clocks run like a Swiss watch when it comes to waking up, eating their bi-daily meals, and going to sleep, so each year, we are astonished when daylight saving time appears in the fall and spring, and they regulate within a day or two. I, on the other hand, take about an entire week to get back into my daily routine and feeling like myself again.
With these three kinds of change, the constant pattern among our dogs has been their swift assimilation, creative flexibility, and aptitude to move onward without dwelling on the past. Given this resilience, it makes me think we can acquire a lot from dogs by incorporating their adaptive traits and attitude to grind through change, both as individuals and as part of groups in organizations.