Be Like Frank

By: Coach DP

“All of the animals except man know the principle business of life is to enjoy it.”  – Samuel Butler

I read this the other day and it stopped me dead in my tracks. I immediately thought about the DelPup family cat, Frank (easily the greatest creature that has ever graced this green earth; go ahead and ask my Dad about him sometime) and how all he wants out of life is to be fed, have his chin scratched, and be shown some love when he struts into the room.

As humans we have done a fantastic job of making our lives busy, and hectic. Everyone is late, everyone is stressed, everyone is sleep deprived. No one ever has enough time. Or, is that really the case? Between jobs, kids, social calendars, and gym memberships, how can you keep track? How can you feel on top of it?

This takes me right back to Frank. If he eats, drinks, has a place to sleep, and has some love from the family he is set. More or less he lives on cloud nine. And, in return for these things all he does is sleep all day and give love to anyone he comes in contact with, more or less, as much as a dude cat can.

If we could just slow down, be happy, and just pass out smiles and hugs all day this blue rock we all live on would be dramatically different. Now that is a bit of a stretch, but by taking a look at ourselves and our own individual situation I think we can all find somewhere to start. What are the things that are important to you? Think very simply. With a singular focus, when looking for the most basic requirements for happiness, life tends to slow down a bit.

When I first asked myself that question, I was a bit stumped. There are so many things that go on in my day to day, and so many things to get done. So, I reminded myself “Think like Frank.” The noise of the day began to clear, I was able to focus on my jam, what I am best at, and do it well. There are still days where I get lost in the craziness, but the days when I am focused, I find myself much more productive and much happier. For me this requires an extra dose of planning. Well worth the extra time spent.

While on this journey for simplicity, we must not forget to smile and be happy. Just because we have found our purpose, doesn’t mean everyone is in the same boat. We could all use a compliment, or a high five now and then. Don’t doubt your ability to make someone’s day. Handing out a compliment and sending a smile across the room improves two people’s days, the giver and receiver. Be a conscious giver, but also be capable of receiving happiness.