Circles of Change: Conversations with Dr. Zara Larsen
on Change Leadership and Career Fulfillment
“Unleashing My Life”
Guest: Janet Bennett and Max, The Equinox Group
1. I agreed to take care of Max, a 100 pound, out of shape yellow Labrador retriever —who was given up by his former owners—for a few days and I fell in love with him. I could tell that he was meant for me and I wanted to help him heal and become a healthier dog.
2. People need to think things through before they adopt any pet in order to insure a welcoming and healthy environment. But once they do, they are doing a great thing by giving a needy pet a safe and loving home.
3. I had taken several driving trips over the last several years and I wanted to continue but didn’t want to leave Max at home with someone else—particularly since it took a year to get him over a bad case of separation anxiety. A 33-foot motor home seemed to be the perfect answer, despite my height of 5 ft 2 inches!
4. From the day I first saw Max, my life was changed. He is such a lovable big dog that I couldn’t part with him. I had to rearrange my life to accommodate him -- moving to a new residence far from my home, committing a great deal of time to his training program, and basically making him a priority in my life.
5. I was at a point where I needed to do something different with my life, stuck in a lot of negative behaviors and unable to get moving. I had no choice but to start taking care of myself while I was taking care of him—so I have come to believe that Max really “rescued me” as much as I “rescued him.”
6. Max has taught me how to live in the moment, how to love and appreciate nature, how to balance the time I spend in work and play, and, most of all, how to accept whatever comes into my life with grace and gratitude. That is how he lives and that is how I am trying to learn to live.
7. Max has unleashed my life, teaching me how important it is to listen to my own inner wisdom and follow my heart for true personal change. This is the path to true happiness and inner peace, and I wish you all “happy travels” on your journey.