Are you an idiot, too?

by Susi on September 13, 2011

in National Specialty, Puli, too much to do

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The winner of the goodie bag donated by Eukanuba is Jinnie Strickland of El Paso, Texas with her caption, “Sucka.”  Congratulations to Jinnie.

I’m going to be taking a break from blogging next week as I’ll be at the Puli National Specialty at Purina Farms in Missouri. It’s been years since I showed a class dog AND a Special, and I’m not quite sure how I’m going to do this without help. I suspect that anyone within 15 feet of me will be at risk of being recruited to do something: “Hold this,” or “carry that.”  I don’t want to consider that how I’m going to manage is age related, but I am mindful that there was a time when I thought nothing of packing the car with a dog, an infant and his sister, and driving eight hours to a dog show without help. I have only dim recollections of what I actually did with my children while I was in the ring. Perhaps I crated them. No, that would have looked bad. More likely I put them in an X-pen.

I am joking, of course. Sort of.

Evidently, I still haven’t learned the wisdom of trying not to do too much in too short a time;  I have two dogs to wash and groom, I’ll be a vendor at a 2-day festival, I’ll have a car to unpack from that festival and re-pack for the trip, I’ve got a house to clean, suitcases to pack, mail to stop, cleaning to pick up, packages to mail, and as Corresponding Secretary for the National Club, I have reports to prepare –  all in the next five days.

My friend, “Cliff”  recently told me I was an idiot. Far from getting personal, he was simply sharing his enthusiasm over a book he was reading,”People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!: The 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Yourself and How You Can Overcome Them” by Larry Winget.

The more of the book Cliff read, the more he, a busy attorney,  came to recognize his own idiocy. The book maintains that each of us has what we have because our actions produced these results. Not our words and certainly not what we want. When we grouse,  “I’ve got so much to do,” and instead of doing them we continue to sip our second cup of coffee (or blog), we’re being idiots.

This is hardly a novel concept, but my impression is that the style of the book inspires the reader to a “call to action,”  that THIS TIME, we’ll change what isn’t working for us.

I’ve been threatening for a long time to lighten my load, pare down my projects and start saying “no” more when asked to take on new tasks. Perhaps this book is just what I need to actually do it.

Next week when I attend our Specialty, I’ll be handing over the reins of my job as Corresponding Secretary to a newly elected person. After two terms, I’m done, “termed out,” as they say. Handing over four years worth of material is a great way for me to get my house in order, both figuratively and literally. I’m always wishing my house were tidier, more organized,  and that I could see actual surfaces of tables and countertops. My kids joke that my last words will be, “Don’t mind the mess.”  It’s not funny anymore.

When I get back from Missouri, I’m buying that book. I’m going to stop being an idiot.

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solsticekennels September 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I'm an idiot too but I'm not ready to read the book LOL! Have fun at your Nationals.

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jen September 14, 2011 at 12:26 am

I'm an idiot too.

Good luck at Nationals, and good luck in the ring!
I am sure it will all come back to you when you get in the ring, it's like riding a bike, you never forget!

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