This is my pooch, Zeke, with his brand new toy. These are the Totems finally relieved that Zeke laid down. See Zeke got his new toy, excitedly grabbed on to it, and then proceeded to carry it in his mouth and whine around the house for the next thirty minutes. I knew he was happy. I knew he didn’t need to go for a walk, have a drink, or eat anything, so why was he whining? It was that moment that made me consider how similar we are to dogs sometimes. We hopefully get up in the morning in a nice warm bed with a roof over our heads knowing that we’ll be able to shower, pour ourselves a cup of joe, and maybe even toss a pop-tart in the toaster. How wonderful?! So why then do we spend a lot of time whining. Yes, I said it. We are a bunch of whiners and complainers, when in reality most of us have more blessings than we know what to do with! So you didn’t get that promotion? It stinks, but there will be others! That guy you thought was so cute didn’t call? Big deal, I promise, there will be others. Your daughter didn’t get in to that prestigious, expensive preschool? Well, too bad, she’ll likely grow up to be a spoiled brat anyway! You gained a few pounds? Hey, that spells shopping spree to me! Ok, we all need to gripe and moan every once in a while, but this is a reminder to be grateful for what you have and for what you don’t have. If you find yourself on a whining jag, think about how annoying it is when your kids do it, and promptly stop! Totems don’t just help when you are anxious or scared, they can also help to remind you to think positively, to stay in the present, and to quit your bitching!