I can honestly say, if I screw up, I admit it and try to do better. I’m not perfect. I’ll never be perfect. I apologize when my imperfections impact others.
If only everyone would take responsibility for their mess-ups. It’s okay not to be perfect, join the club, there’s a large membership and I’m the president!
Walking down a hill during my solo afternoon walk today, a man was walking up that same hill approximately a half block away. His small white dog – not on a leash – ran past its owner and toward me. I turned right onto a different street, the dog followed me and barked at me. I said “no” a few times and he eventually backed off. (No involvement by the dog owner whatsoever.)
One and a half miles later, that same dog owner, with that same unleashed dog, ended up on the same street as I, a half block away, on the opposite side of the street.
Again, the dog and dog owner were a half block away, and the dog ran toward me.
I said, “Don’t let that dog run up to me.”
The dog continued to run.
“I mean it, don’t let him come near me, I’ve been bitten by a dog that same size.”
The dog ran past me and the owner was now directly across the street from me. His response to my above comments,
“It’s probably your attitude.”
Yep, you’re right.
- It’s my fault that you’re breaking the law by not leashing your dog;
- It’s my fault that 1.5 years ago, another unleashed dog attacked me and bit me;
- It’s my fault that since being bitten, I’m a bit dog-shy.
You see, all he had to do was tell me he was sorry, call his dog back to him, and be on his way. He didn’t need to get on his knees and beg my forgiveness, he didn’t even have to tell me he was wrong for not leashing his dog …
even though he was wrong for not leashing his dog.
If he had been a responsible man, if he had owned up to his mistake and that of his misbehaving dog, I would have concluded my walk feeling good about my encounter with him.
But he didn’t, and I don’t.