Dog-sitting this week made me remember something I read from Dale Carnegie. People feel love for dogs, even though they are unable to speak, unable to take care of themselves, and have a tendency to make a mess wherever they go. The reason seems to be that dogs immediately take an interest in what you are doing. They think that every single action you take is the most interesting thing in the world. Even this second as I am typing, they are eagerly watching me as if I’m performing on stage. They aren’t sitting here deciding if what I’m doing is worth their attention, they immediately decided that it was, and gave it to me fully.
One thing we can take away from this is that being interested in others truly creates love. In two days, these dogs have become a great source of joy, and they did so just by unconditionally taking a huge interest in what we are doing. If you ever are in a place where you feel like you are lonely, or love is not being returned in the quantity that it is being given, ask yourself where you are genuinely showing interest. What have you learned about someone else’s life today? Did you find it interesting?
Being interested leads to love. Regardless of who you are, you have the power to create it just by being interested.