“I did the best I could at the time.” Those were the words I desperately wanted him to hear.
We were having a conversation about our (my) whiny dog, Princess. He may not have realized it, but her constant whining annoys both of us. I guess I’m more tolerant of it though.
How It All Started
About a year after we got Princess, my first husband left me. (You can read more of my story here.) As you can imagine it was an extremely painful time.
Princess became a close companion to me. I remember taking her on trips to Home Depot or to family and friends’ houses. Not only was I still trying to train her, but I was trying to pick up the pieces of my life. And so it was during this time that she started whining. Sure it bothered me, but I had bigger fish to fry than worrying about a whiny dog.
Fast Forward 10+ Years Later
Princess is still spoiled and, yes, she still whines. But after that conversation with Trent, it hit me. Yes, she may be 13, and stuck in her ways, but she’s not too old to train.
Since our conversation I’ve tried my best to correct her when she starts whining. And, it may be a long, hard road, but I think we’ll get there. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
What’s the point of my story?
There are times in life when you’re only able to “just do the best you can.” Sure, if the situation was different, you would probably change things or do them differently. But it’s not and so you continue on as best as you are able, or even know how.
Maybe you don’t have money to put into savings because you’re eeking by and barely getting food on the table. Or perhaps you’re having discipline problems with your kids because you’re a single parent. Whatever you’re going through, I want to encourage you to just do the best you can!