Have you ever tried to describe your personality to anyone by using the personality of an animal? I have! Now, there are many sides to my personality, as there is with any person, so this is, of course, a very limited description.
I would desribe myself as a yellow lab. Most of the time I love life and love people. I rush happily to the phone when it rings and dash to the door if we have visitors. If I really were a lab, I would probably jump up on people and lick their faces. I'd say I'm a pretty loving person with good intentions most of the time. However, like a lab, I often don't realize when my good intentions have gone bad. I'll turn around and see that my tail has knocked something over or that I left dirty paw prints on the white couch.
If I could be another kind of animal, I'd be a cat. I know a lot of cats. Cats can sit up high on a shelf without disturbing the fine china. They are mysterious and observant. Cats can be sweet and cuddly, but they always are in control. I am so intrigued with these "cat" people. Imagine all the messes in my life I could have avoided if I acted more cautiously and been in control of my exuberance like a cat instead of a yellow lab?
Sadly though, if I were a "cat" person, I'd miss my joy and I think others would too. I'm not saying cats can't have joy, but not in the same slobbery, unsophisticated way a lab does. I know I've spent too much of my life trying to be like other people or lamenting that I don't have the gifts that someone else does. I've tried to reshape my personility instead of embracing it. So, for today, I'm happy to be a clumbsy but loving yellow lab. God has made me this way for a reason.