Water fountain lessons

By August 16, 2015Uncategorized

In offices, many good stories and good teamwork can take place around the water fountain. In a gym it can be the same or it can take on another form.

In my gym it seems that many people turn the water fountain nozzle outward so that they can fill up a water bottle. If the next person comes by, who just so happened to be me, and wants a drink of water but does not look where the nozzle is pointed, they get wet!

I cannot tell you how many times I have gotten wet because the person before me filled up their water bottle and did not turn the nozzle back to the drinking position!

The toxin we are looking to knock out here is “anger”. Especially when we have a small issue overwhelm us so much that we take it personally.

Enter our hero, Daniel the Beagle Dwyer.

Heroes have consistent answers to the toxins that can affect our lives and Daniel has some thoughts on this issue right now.

The first thing we need to do is to realize that this is a small issue (toxin) and if we overreact it can grow to a much more toxic issue for us as the ripple effects take over. For instance, after you get wet you realize the machine you wanted to use is now occupied! Now the toxic level grows to a dangerous level!

Dogs never combine issues like this. They live in the moment and do not let these issues multiply exponentially. Wait a minute; this is not a math lesson!!

It is a good knock out toxins lesson, however, and we are not done yet!

The other part of this lesson that our hero, Daniel, is offering is not to take it personally. There is only a slight chance, if at all, that the person previously at the water fountain did not turn the nozzle back to make sure the next person got wet. So, it is a classic accident and should not be over reacted to.

Maybe for you it is not the water fountain in the gym, but guaranteed it is something similar that can turn us to a point of toxic anger for no good reason.

The lesson for today to knock out toxins is to take the time needed to first evaluate the issue and see it as a small matter that you do not want to escalate. Second is to understand that it is not personal, and it is not business either, Godfather!

Seriously, our hero is clearly inspiring us to knock out these easy toxins early so we can go on with our day and live in a peaceful, compassionate and productive way.



  • Tricia says:

    Hi Joe and Daniel,
    I really appreciated this blog.
    I am learning this at this point in my life.
    Not easy, but well worth the effort, for stability and peace of mind!
    LOVE you boys!!
    God Bless you Daniel!!

    • Joe says:

      Hi Tricia,

      Thank you!
      For sure we must all keep a mindset of continuous learning. You are correct that peace will come to us if we keep an open mind.

      Peace, Joe and Daniel

    • Joe and Daniel
      I so lovre reading everything about you both this blog however has touched me and made me really think about what I have been letting bother me,thank you and keep on blogging .

      • Joe says:

        Hello Mary Anne,

        Thank you so much for your comment. We all need to try and focus more each day on ways to be better people. Then, we can save more animals.

        Peace, Joe and Daniel

  • This is clearly something I needed to read today, Joe and Daniel. The issue at hand started with me being too interested in a TV show last night to take my little dog for his evening walk at the time he was used to. Two hours later, when the show ended, I noticed he had made a mistake on the living room floor. Things immediately began to compound in my mind… impatience at my dog for not ‘holding it’ for two extra hours, anger at myself for not taking him out when I should have and, inconsequentially, anger at my husband for going to bed and not helping me clean it up. (He’d gone to bed before it even happened!) I was still dealing with my feelings when I read your article and realized I was behaving like a spoiled child. Stuff happens, deal with it with maturity. Thanks, Joe and Daniel, for making me give my head a good shake.

    • Joe says:

      Hello Diane,

      I am glad that our blog had a positive impact on you. I am continually amazed at what we can learn from everyday life and our beloved canines.

      Peace, Joe and Daniel

  • Colleen says:

    One thing I learned a while ago is “it’s not always about you”. So when you walk in on gossiping and it suddenly stops, or your example of the water fountain being turned outward, it may have absolutely nothing to do with you/us personally. It’s very liberating.

    • Joe says:

      Hi Colleen,

      Thank you for your comment. For sure we would all benefit if we have an ego like a canine does!

      Peace, Joe And Daniel

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