There is a touching and moving video going around facebook about a boy named Owen who has a rare muscular condition that affects his balance and his adopted dog, Haatchi, who just happens to have 3 legs as a result of a train accident. Owen and his parents talk in this documentary about the way Haatchi's presence has improved Owen's life. They say that while Owen used to lack confidence and was quite self-conscious about his wheelchair and the way people looked at him, talking about Haatchi's story has made it easier for the focus to be taken off of Owen. While people used to perhaps stare at Owen, they now reportedly ask about Haatchi, and Owen speaks with confidence while he tells the story of this gorgeous Anatolian Shepherd.
While it may be difficult to watch the video without getting just a little teary-eyed, the part that moved me the most was that relationship.
I believe in trust and communication as the cornerstones of any relationship, even one between a boy and his dog. And so it goes with an employer/employee relationship, a husband/wife relationship, or even a friendship. We find connections with folks and the relationship is solidified, often even building our confidence.
With whom do you feel most confident? In which relationship do you have the most trust and the best communication? Can we learn from those? I believe so.
Just for today, perhaps we need to remember that in solitude, we have only our flawed selves on whom to rely. In relationships with others, we learn more about life, love and a bit more about our own humanity.