Picture, if you will, the humble Labrador. I have to admit, I’m not really a dog person, but I love the kind, gentle, enthusiastic creature that is the Labrador. They are cheerful, friendly, good-tempered and steady.
Now, you might wonder why I’m talking about dogs on a blog all about connection, but bear with me, I have a point.
When you watch dogs (particularly Labradors) interact with the world, they are undaunted, and curious about everything.
They will bound up to other dogs (and people) tail wagging, and say hello - full of enthusiasm and friendly playfulness.
However, if they are rebuffed, or ignored, or shooed away, they just go and bound up to the next dog/person/thing who piques their curiosity (and this is the important bit) with no hard feelings or loss of enthusiasm.
Dogs don’t take it personally if their attention is unwanted. They know that there are always more bums to sniff and friends to be made. Even if they are rebuffed 100 times in a day, they will greet the next person they see with as much joy and energy as the first.
So, my friends, I believe that there is a touch of Labrador inside all of us (even if it doesn’t quite present the same way as the extroverted enthusiasm of a dog in the park), and I urge you to get in touch with that part of you when you go about your connection and community building activities.
Bound up to the people you think look cool and interesting, wagging your tail, and offering your friendship. And if they’re not interested, don’t take it personally (I guarantee it’s not about you), just bound off cheerfully to wag your tail at someone else.