While waiting for a friend in the arrival area of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, I noticed a young Korean woman pulling a large cart of luggage. As she passed customs, she found an empty seat right across from me.
Just before she was about to sit, she pulled out from one of her bags the most adorable, fluffy, brown poodle that licked her profusely as she lovingly spoke to it in Korean.
As she sat down, she placed her little dog on the ground and opened a magazine. Completely taken by this magnificent creature, I leaned over, reached out my hand and attempted to call it over to me. Instead of rushing over, he just cocked his head and looked at me as if I were speaking another language.
Then it dawned on me that I was speaking English and he understood Korean. Wanting to connect to this little bundle of joy, I dug deep into my memory for the few Korean words I learned years ago living in New York City and asked it to come, but still nothing.
Its owner, hearing me speak Korean, looked up from her magazine, smiled and politely complemented me on my Korean. She explained that Louis was shy and didn’t usually respond well to strangers.
As we both continued to wait for our respective parties, it occurred to me that perhaps it wasn’t Korean that Louis was responded to. Perhaps it was the love he felt coming from his owner. And if that were true, I asked myself, “Would Louis respond simply to my love?”
To test my hypothesis, I closed my eyes and focused on the most loving thing I could think of. As I held that thought, I began to feel my love grow. When I felt I could no longer contain my own love, I imagined sending all that love to Louis.
When I opened my eyes, I no longer felt the need for him to come to me. I felt only love. Ironically, it was at that very moment he walked right over to me. I reached down and he began licking my hand like we were the best of friends.
Witnessing this, the young woman exclaimed, “Wow! How did you do that?”
I smiled and said, “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.”
“Please,” she said. “I’ve never seen him do this before.”
“I imagined something I love with all my heart and when my heart was full, I imagined sending all of that love to him.” I replied.
“I see. That’s good.” She replied, “That makes sense. He’s a rescue dog and he responds best to love.”
“As I imagine we all do.” I replied.
Copyright 2009 Rob Gruber
Present Life Mastery Coach