Legend has it that when Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famous teacher, Diogenes replied: “Only stand out of my light.”
Alexander meant well. He wanted to promote and perhaps heighten the great thinker’s creativity. But until we truly know how to enhance the creative process probably the best thing we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light.
I find myself thinking of this as I meditate on my Scotties. Much of my human futzing over my dogs is an ‘Alexander’-question: “Can I do something to make your Scottiness more complete?” The fact is, of course, they are each the perfect embodiment of themselves — the unique expression of their Nature and Nurture. All they require to actualize their never-to-be-repeated-Scottie-soul is an appreciative human to enjoy the light of their character shining forth.
Truth be told, I suspect the appropriate Scottish Terrier reply to my micro-managing is that of Diogenes: “Only stand out of my light.” Like Alexander, I mean well … but how much of the human-factor in Scottish Terrier companionship is interference masked as ‘help’ by They-Who-Know-Best?
Seems to me a worthy meditation for all who know and love the Scottie as creatures of great depth and character in their own right.
May it be said of us that our friendship nourished our dogs … because we never stood in their light.
Joseph Harvill, publisher of Great Scots Magazine