Living the Good (Hachi) Life – How Hachi’s Dog Tale Can Inspire Us All to Live Adventurously and in the Moment

One of the most profound chapters in my life began when my dog, Hachi, came into my life.

Through that little Shiba Inu pup, I learned to appreciate consistency and balance. Hachi had an old, wise soul, one that knew how to speak directly to mine. That pup fascinated me with his wholeness and purity of being. Not only did I learn a lot from that little guy, but he inspired me to BE more like him. (You can read my story here.)

So, I decided to study his ways.

Since I was little, I’ve chased adventure.

Rather than playing with dolls, I preferred to arm wrestle the boys. I craved action and wasn’t afraid to test the limits.

At age six, determined to get Easter baskets, I walked six blocks then crossed a major intersection to the grocery store. Once inside, I filled my shopping cart to the top with baskets. Mission accomplished. Well, almost. While waiting in the checkout line, a neighbor spotted me. She called my mother. Caught!

My childhood memories are filled with little “field trips” as I call them — running through an empty lot to catch mice, making friends with chameleons, hunting for the deepest puddles during a rain storm, and hauling my red wagon door-to-door to sell flower seeds to our neighbors.

The curiosity I felt then is the same that I feel now.

I’m always finding joy in the simplest things. A friend told me he’s never seen anything like it. His initial impression of me was someone on-the-go. And, I was.

During my early days of adventure seeking, I was launching businesses (from medical to fashion), exploring the world (I’ve been to over forty countries), and owning homes from Chicago to the South Pacific.

I’ve survived hair-raising ups and downs, but like to say that if it doesn’t kill me — I can always write about it!

Today, I’m never happier that when my amaryllis blooms, a hummingbird (finally) discovers my feeder, tasting a great Moroccan lentil soup or watching a Discovery nature show. Happiness lies in whatever makes you feel alive and content at that moment. It can be the most ordinary event. Through what we choose to focus on, we infuse meaning into the simplest of acts.

It’s about paying deep attention to what’s right in front of you!

Like when I’m riveted to my flowers. I don’t notice anything or anyone when I’m in my flow. Once I said, “a dozen dancing bears can march though this room wearing pink pajamas, and I wouldn’t notice.” Now that I think of it — that sounds like great fun!

Looking back, I love that my life has been full of change. Life is not one-size-fits-all by any means. Like characters in a novel, we all experience uncharted journeys in our life chapters. Yes, sometimes it’s crazy, but it’s never boring.

I’ve learned that the only certainty in life is change. So, I might as well learn to enjoy the ride! Click To Tweet

While I enjoyed exciting adventures, after adopting Hachi, I found myself realizing that sometimes less is more. In “having it all,” I found that satisfaction in life is tied to appreciating the beauty and wonder in everyday moments. The best part is that you can find them right at home!

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David L
David L
3 years ago

Because I want to learn to live “The Hachi Lifestyle”—love, loyalty and friendship—I will read this regularly as it will guide me forever.

Vicki
Vicki
3 years ago
Reply to  David L

Hachi’s gentle spirit encourages compassion towards those in need, tolerance for those who are different from us and faith that with a pure heart the right path will be revealed. His steadfast energy continues to touch people’s hearts after over 80 years. Keep returning for more Hachi Love and inspiration! May Hachi stay close to your heart… 🐶💖

Bruce Burnette
Bruce Burnette
2 years ago

There are many memories of happjness in my life, but the majority of those memories involve spending time with my dogs (cats too). From lengthy walks with my dogs to, just hanging out with them, they have always been there for me, in terms of friendships.
Learning the story of Hachiko’s life, has made all my past and present friendships with my (and other) dogs gain a new and wonderful perspective. Thank you Hachi!

Bruce Burnette
Bruce Burnette
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruce Burnette

Hi Bruce! Most of my warmest memories were with dogs – my childhood mixed pup Hush Puppy – then much later- my Hachi. They were my best pals and we had lots of fun times! I don’t think any human could match the purity of their little souls…

Simona
Simona
2 years ago

Di momenti bellissimi con il mio haki ce ne sono molti.. ha solo tre anni.. ma ha cambiato tutta la mia vita.. mi fa’ uscire.. passeggiare… arrabbiare anche a volte!! ( quando incontra un altro cane maschio!!).. ma è veramente qualcosa di “potente” quello che riesce a fare in me.. o nelle persone a me vicine. E’ come aver avuto, di nuovo, un bimbo piccolo nella nostra vita.. Il pensiero che purtroppo mi capita di fare spesso è il pensiero del distacco.. quando sarà.. e non posso non pensarci senza versare fiumi di lacrime. A casa è davvero il pelouche… Read more »

Anastasia
Anastasia
2 years ago

Interesting discussion …. I still haven’t decided if I’m more beagle or greyhound but have learned to accept myself and others for the best we can be. Happiness meant different things at different times for me too. But today, after many years and adventures, I agree with the ‘less is more’ theory, and often find happiness in quiet moments surrounded by thoughts I know will make me smile. High on my list of such moments is the quality time shared with Hachi and all the new and old friends he has brought me. Thank you all!

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