There was a commercial some time ago on television that advertised dog food: “My dog’s bigger than your dog… My dog’s bigger than yours… My dog’s bigger ’cause he eats (insert here the name of the dog food which escapes me)… My dog’s bigger than yours.”
It was a fun little commercial and the jingle was based on the old saying “My dog’s bigger than your dog,” which meant that the one with the bigger dog had more problems. Pick any set of problems; if you believed yourself to be suffering more than any other, then you had the bigger dog. The commercial had nothing to do with problems, but the true meaning of that old saying sat with me this week and took me to a place of reflection.
Like anyone else, I’ve had times when my problems seemed pretty mountainous. And, when they seem that way, my grandmothers and my parents taught me to quietly observe other people and how they live; They felt that I should see up close what others have to “put up with.” And so, this week I took a trip outside of myself and concentrated on other