What Would Lassie Do? — Several years ago, I had…

August 28, 2006

What Would Lassie Do? —

Several years ago, I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Bernie Siegel, M.D., noted author, speaker and founder of Exceptional Cancer Patients (ECaP), an organization committed to healing the mind, with the hope that the healing of the body will follow.

Siegel quickly became one of my top ten favorite people with his insight and sense of humor. (Yes, I — like many other bloggers — am a former journalist, just don’t tell my English teacher; she’d have a coronary if she knew that I write like this in this blog!)

At the time, the phrase W.W.J.D. (What Would Jesus Do?) was running rampant in Evangelical Christian circles, primarily among the teen group who loved to wear bracelets, T-shirts and hats with the reminder that we should (according to them), be more like Jesus. This feat seemed, and continues to seem, a little far-fetched for my personal abilities.

However, in talking to Bernie that day, he told me that a friend of his had made him a bracelet inscribed with W.W.L.D. on it. Laughingly, he told me that when he is confronted with a situation where he’s trying to do the loving thing, he asks himself, “What would Lassie do?”

To be honest, I’ve only seen clips of the Lassie movie and 1950’s TV series, but I know that I’ve seen enough to know that if I were taking care of people the way Lassie does that the world would be a better place!

My trouble is that I tend to favor the “take a nap” answer a bit more than I probably should! Why is it that if humans take naps they are labeled as lazy, and when dogs and babies nap, they’re getting a much needed rest?

Remember George Costanza’s setup under his desk? A little nap can go a long, long way. I must be very tired for a Monday morning to be talking about naps already. Time for more coffee!!

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