The Hiding Puppy
The Power of Patience and Space in Healing
Once upon a time, there was a kind and loving owner who had a new puppy. The owner adored the puppy and wanted to take care of it in every way possible. But one day, while the owner was carrying in groceries from the car, the puppy darted underfoot and was accidentally kicked.
After that, the puppy became fearful of the owner and would hide under the bed whenever the owner approached. The owner was heartbroken and didn't know what to do. The owner tried coaxing the puppy out, but that only made the puppy more afraid.
One day, the owner had an idea. Instead of trying to force the puppy out, the owner decided to sit on the floor and read a book out loud. The owner spoke in a soft, gentle voice, and after a while, the puppy cautiously approached. The owner didn't reach for the puppy or make sudden movements, just kept reading out loud.
Eventually, the puppy came out from under the bed and tentatively sniffed the owner's hand. The owner slowly stroked the puppy's fur, and the puppy began to relax. From then on, the owner made a point to spend quiet, gentle time with the puppy, without trying to force it out of hiding. Over time, the puppy learned that the owner was not a threat, and they became the best of friends.
The moral of the story is that when someone or something we love becomes afraid of us, we can't force them to trust us again. It takes patience, gentleness, and time to rebuild that trust.