You will never read this

By Benny Huckleberry as told to Liz Hoffmann | Jun 07, 2019

Are you reading this? If so, thank you! And, you prove my point that those three negative words “you will never” are not always true. Those three words might even be rarely true. And that, my dear readers, is what I want to talk to you about today. Indulge me for a moment.

We dogs listen and listen and listen a lot. We’re really good at it; it’s one of the things we do best. We’re not like some humans (no disrespect intended), since we listen much more than we bark. I listen to lots of things with my personal human. From public radio talk shows and commentary, to her conversations with friends, to what people say to and around her.

And you know what I hear in all of this listening? I hear so many “you will nevers.” Not said to her specifically, but to everyone! Those three little words that make me sad. I hear them used in “you will never, it will never, they/he/she will never.” Those three words that are said by well-meaning humans constantly, and about so many things! From things as routine as the weather report “it will never rain today” to weddings and marriages (it will never last) to clothes, (It will never fit) and even to medical challenges “he will never survive.” The list is almost infinite when it comes to the utterance of “will never.”

I find it all very negative and don’t understand why so many humans do it. Very often, they’re just guessing, since no one knows the future. So why guess in the negative? Guessing about the weather, about whether a marriage will last, whether clothes will fit, or whether someone will triumph over a disease doesn’t help anyone! It only makes the person feel bad. I think people should be more doglike and try to make others feel good by stating a positive. How about replacing “never” with “probably” or “maybe” or just plain “will”? Imagine that! I think it would be great! Even saying it makes me feel better, and I can’t help but wag my tail!

I bet you know someone who was told those three words at some point in their life. Or maybe it was you who were told “you will never.” While only you know the circumstances, I can tell you that you join some famous company. My human did a search (whatever that is) on incredibly successful humans who were told “you will never succeed,” and we found an impressive list! These humans were all well-known people from the past and present, in all different areas of life, from business to inventing to writing or the arts!

A few of my favorites were Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey, Thomas Edison, Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth, Meryl Streep, Fred Astaire, Steve Jobs and Maine native son Steven King. Did you know that King’s first novel, “Carrie” was rejected 30 times and his wife fished it out of the garbage for one more submission? I guess publishers felt he’d “never” sell any books! And finally, my human’s favorite “failure,” Albert Einstein. Einstein was told by his head schoolmaster “you will never amount to anything.” What a thing to say to a young man. Again, why?

Whatever the future holds for any of us, pups or humans, no one knows for certain. But what I do know for sure is that if we all avoid the negative “will never,” and substitute a plain old “will” so that it’s a strictly positive statement, we’ll feel a whole lot better! And, the world will be a brighter place. I hope you enjoyed this and that you “will” come back and read me again in the future! Thank you!

Yours with gratitude, Benny H.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Marian Robinson | Jun 08, 2019 09:24

Thank you, Benny.  Sharing what you see gives us all the opportunity for a better perspective.

Posted by: Robert M Rosenberg | Jun 08, 2019 08:14


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