This is a combination re-blog of the post I wrote on 7/31 before knowing about the August Challenge from Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 and I added more photos and verbiage to qualify.
The definition says dog days of summer have nothing to do with dogs but everything to do with sultry weather. First and foremost, I want to be clear this photo was taken at the Dallas Zoo and the animals are not abused. The gorilla and the lions in my photographs found a cool spot to lie down which was very convenient for visitors who watched in the viewing area behind glass. They have a natural habitat and they are not behind bars. The poses are naturally a good example of expressing "dog days of summer."
No matter how busy you aren't at this time of the year, caving into the heat and being lazy can be symbolic of putting yourself in prison, out of commission, and being lonely. In other words, it is a self-induced false arrest. Bar none, temperatures are hot and sticky but it doesn't mean you should become imprisoned in your own home or the office where it's cool and you have a constant supply of bottled water.
Sometimes you just have to PAWS and think about what your future holds if you pause and get lazy because of the hot dog days of summer. Can you imagine what every house in America would look like if dogs quit going outside to do their business? No! They go outside in the heat and they walk without shoes on the hot pavement to do their BUSINESS! This is another fine example of what I'm talking about. And by the way, natural poses are the best!
Naturally, the point I want to make goes back to August 1966, when the Loving Spoonful recorded: "Hot down, summer in the city, back of my neck getting dirty and gritty..." after all, the beat goes on and people keep moving!
When it's dogs days of summer, grit will determine and predict which real estate agents will succeed or who will fail. Good relationships with clients and other people also benefit from grit and I don't mean by getting down and dirty. Persistence pays off for those who are determined to keep their business running like a well-oiled machine without distractions and excuses. Outcomes are the result of effort, sweat, and self-discipline.
"Grit is that 'extra something' that separates
the most successful people from the rest. It's
the passion, perseverance, and stamina that
we must channel in order to stick to our
dreams until they become a reality."