If you can…

raccoon humping dog

If you can start the day without caffeine;If you can get going without pep pills;If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains;If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles;If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it;If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time;If you can forgive a friend's lack of consideration;If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when,   through no fault of your own, something goes wrong;If you can take criticism and blame without resentment;If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him;If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend;If you can face the world without lies and deceit;If you can conquer tension without medical help;If you can relax without liquor;If you can sleep without the aid of drugs;If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice   against creed or color, religion or politics; then, my friend, you are   almost as good as your dog.

Linkp.s. I want a raccoon-dog!

2007.01.26