I’ve just watched a film called ‘Marley and Me’ whose moral was about life and what life means. It wasn’t until the end of the film that the moral of the story became clear.
The film was centred round a dog that came into a young couple’s life and turned their life upside down. Their dog was affectionate, wanted attention and became the complete focus of their relationship, which at times proved too much for both of them.
As they began to add to their family, it became obvious that their dog although was still the main focus; was fast becoming important in their lives. They began to realise how much richer their lives had become and just how important their dog was to them; how much unconditional love they got back without asking for anything back from him, in return.
They began to question what they had and began to see that their lives weren’t about fancy cars or big houses. Pets don’t care if we’re rich or poor; clever or dumb; make comparisons between people, judge or make comments about people. They just want to be loved.
Animals make us feel extraordinary; they make us feel loved; they make us feel valued that we are somehow the most important people in their world. They live with basic values and necessities, something we don’t tend to live by. That’s not the world we live in. Of course, we don’t need pets to be able to think like this.
I believe we can live by the same values in our own lives without a pet. We just have to look around us, to see the beauty in our lives and to know that whatever we deal with, it’s okay to do it differently; so that the basics in our life become the most important.