Meet Joker, an almost eleven pound terrier. I once gained street cred in the neighborhood because a five year old informed me Joker was from Batman. He said I was cool.
HELLO, I’M JOKER:
If you think Joker is cute, don’t be fooled. I’m kidding. He’s awesome, and I love him. He also has some quirks that I think we can all apply to our lives.
Kids in the neighborhood always stop me when I’m walking Joker to say: “Cute dog!”
In which my first thought is: Don’t talk to strangers. Instead, I always say: “Thank you.”
Even though I’m not sure they’re really complimenting me. It feels kind of insincere to accept the praise. I have no real claim to fame for his cuteness except that I buy his toys.
Anyway, Joker has this lime green basket that he really loathes. We use it to put all his toys in so the living room looks cleaner. It’s supposed to look like this:
It ends up looking like this:
Probably because of this:
Whenever we place all his toys in the basket, he cannot handle it. He just can’t. It is the one thing that bothers him above all other things. He hates it.
How do we know he hates it?
Because this always ends up happening:
This is literally sixty seconds after I finished putting all the toys in the basket.
You might wonder why we continue to put the toys there. First of all, he makes us laugh. He gets so disgruntled. I’m sorry, but it’s hilarious.
Second is that this is an analogy for the world.
There are always outside forces out of our control.
The basket is that one thing we can’t handle as individuals. It’s something different for all of us.
In life, we are the disgruntled person, fighting for change.
There are things like the lime green box that we can’t handle! The absolute annoyance of this one specific thing gets under our skin.
We seriously cannot deal.
If my dog could talk, I swear he’d yell: “I hate you, you stupid green basket!”
Yet, we must learn to deal with frustrations at every level.
I thought the basket was a good example of how life works.
Although now I’m thinking I should take the stupid basket away, because I’ve equated my dog to a freedom fighter and I am the force standing in his way.
*Feels like a horrible person*
Lol. Another good example of how life works. We can never win.
What do you think about equating this basket to your problems?
How many of us want to do a little yelling of our own? Let’s just curse the green basket. Then we’re the only ones who know who we’re really thinking about. 😉
I won’t tell. Your secret is between you and that frustrating, impossible, annoying, stupid, lime green box (whatever it is!).
Kinley Baker (@kinleybaker)