My aunt recently posted a picture of her beloved dog, “Sunshine”, with this adorable and perplexed look on her face. She asked “I wish I knew what she was thinking?” and I was immediately reminded of Garth Stein‘s book, The Art of Racing in the Rain.
The book is awkwardly narrated by a dog and I didn’t read it for the first years as it sat on my shelf because I assumed it was a children’s book. Eventually I got to it and two things happened as a result:
1) I began talking to and with my dog significantly more, in a more real way. I swear the dog and I completely changed our relationship as a result of this.
2) I now have a constant mantra in my head: “your car goes where your eyes go”.
Maybe it took a dog to summarize this rather trivial pop-culture quote, I’m not sure, I just know that I observe this truth in nearly everything I do now.
Way more than my car… my thinking, my spirit, my beliefs, my choices, my ambition, my spiritual practice, my kindness, my money… it all goes where my intention goes. It takes a while some times, I don’t find the benefits as quickly as a car avoiding a brick wall, but in the longer run it’s enormously true; where I invest my heart and soul is where my life ends up.
Chop wood, carry water.
“In racing, they say that your car goes where your eyes go. The driver who cannot tear his eyes away from the wall as he spins out of control will meet that wall; the driver who looks down the track as he feels his tires break free will regain control of his vehicle.”
― Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain