Keeping Perspective

Hello once again.

As anyone who has Commando rolling on his back playing with toy tyreundertaken a course of study will be able to attest to, the one constant throughout the academic year is that there are always things to be done.

The course I am studying at the moment comprises a number of different assignments, all with their own requirements. All of which though have one thing in common. They all can take up a lot of time.

Naturally, since they all also have deadlines, then a great deal of time management is required in order to keep many plates in the air at once, as it were.

Naturally, I always want to do as well as I am able to with all of the work I am given. This personality trait extends to pretty much everything I do, and certainly included guide dog training as well. During my time in Edinburgh I was often solely focussed on qualifying with Commando, not only because of my desire to do well at something I had undertaken, but also for the much stronger desire of keeping Commando in my life. At times this intense focus did leave me stressed and a little worried that I wasn't doing as well I should be, even though my new friends and my first Guide Dogs Mobility Instructor GDMI, were all assuring me that things were going well and I was just being overly critical of myself.

But having Commando in my life affords me a new perspective. He can help to ensure that I don't focus solely on the work I am doing, to the exclusion of all else. Especially Commando himself.

Many a time, I have been working, either on a laptop or desktop computer, and Commando has clearly decided that I need a break and so has come over to get my attention for a little while. On occasion he has even resorted to putting his paws onto the laptop keyboard to ensure that he gets my attention off whatever I am doing and onto him, and give me a good laugh into the bargain.

Now, yes, guide dogs are supposed to just blend quietly into the background and amuse themselves when we are busy, and Commando is more than able to do this. But the distraction he offers me every so often is always a much welcome one and can often help to get things more focused for me once I get back to whatever assignment I am working on. Perhaps he somehow knows when I need a break and so does his bit to make sure I take one.

Furthermore there is Commando's need for work and exercise to consider. Many a time I have just stopped what I am doing and taken Commando out for a nice stroll which has helped to clear the cobwebs for us both. But more than that, these walks always remind me of what is truly important.

Yes I want to do the very best that I can in whatever I am doing. But none of that would matter nearly as much if I didn't also have the means to be able to get out and about on my own terms. Yes, academic success is important to me. But it is certainly no longer the be all and end all.

What truly matters is the ability to get out and smell the roses, enjoy a nice walk, or visit friends and family. Not to mention, having a loving and playful dog who will stop me from focussing too much on or worrying to much about a piece of work. I always know that I will give my best to whatever I am doing and will always get it done regardless. 

But I also know that there is absolutely no harm in breaking off from work for a little bit to take a walk, give Commando some fuss, or in one or two instances, get pulled across the room on a swivel chair by Commando in the course of an epic round of tuggy.


Ted, 11:17am Fri 8 Aug 2014:

Commando knows the old saying All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

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Craig And Commando

Craig is in his early thirties and completely blind. His blog details the day-to-day adventures he experiences with his first guide dog, Commando.

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