Paws for thought

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 May, 2012, 12:00am


Hello everyone! That time of the year is looming closer, isn't it?

I am not going to mention 'it' today - you need a break from all that.

So let me talk about being proactive. I should know a thing or two about that! Did you know that some of the best dogs in the world are known simply because they were being proactive?

I like to be pretty proactive, myself. For instance, if there is a spare piece of chicken just sitting around, like no one wants it, I proactively snatch it up. Yummy!

Some of you may wonder what 'proactive' means. Well, it doesn't really mean pinching chicken. It means doing something positive, like taking charge - which for me can be the same thing, haha. See, I 'took charge' of the chicken.

Anyhow, you don't have to be bossy, but you do need to start taking charge of your life. That way you feel more in control - and you might also get some tasty chicken along the way ... but I digress.

Being proactive also means you plan ahead for your future. Now I'm not just talking about all the big stuff, like where to go to college, or who to marry, or what colour lipstick to wear on Friday night. I also mean the little stuff. Like when your mum keeps nagging you to do the dishes - until you get all cross about it. You might even think of calling your lawyer to see if your childhood rights are being infringed.

But here's a plan. Why not just save all the energy and do the dishes right away? You're not a pup, erm, child, anymore. You know that things have to be done, and that you have to pitch in.

You can also start having an opinion. If you go out for dimsum and Grandad asks what you would like to have off the cart, why not just tell him, instead of hmmming and aahing?

Oh yes, you need to be 'polite' and observe 'formalities', such as by asking 'Is there something you would like?' But eventually, if nobody is proactive, no one gets what they want. It's like two people wanting to walk out of the door and each waiting for the other. Of course it is not polite to push through the door like your tail is on fire. We all know that. Even in this day and age, we're in Hong Kong and we guys know that girls go first, we pups know that the elderly go first, so pretty much if you're a young man you're never getting out of the door. But I'm going off point again ...

One thing many successful people have in common is that they 'own' their lives. There is a kind of freedom that comes from saying: 'Yes, I'd like the har gow, Grandpa.'

I want that nice piece of chicken! That reminds me to check out YP's fridge. See ya!