How does that happen?

Why is that significant?


I was watching a golf tourney that was being played in Singapore China, and in the background, a dog was barking. Ironically, it sounded much like my neighbor’s dog here at home.

The following week I was watching another tourney played in Melbourne Australia. Oddly another dog and another familiar sounding bark. It then dawned on me about the uniqueness of this commonality. A barking dog sounds the same in any country.

But, if we think about it, most animals have the same effect…a purr, a roar…a cry…most all animal sounds and gestures know no geo-boundaries.

Now, think on the likeness in these human traits:










Zillions of Others


Most of these traits and expressions transcend geography, culture, nationality and ethnicity. Most are freely expressed and unregulated.

What about thinking and decisioning? This is the part where freedom and independence play the divisive roles.

Certain characteristics like habits, reactions and sounds can be universal. But, thinking and deciding is independent and unique.

None of us really think alike. Unlike the barking dog, thinking has a zillion influences and consequentially a vastly different product.

Q. Are we committed to our human distinction of thinking/deciding to the point of getting better and more conscious of our uniqueness…or not?


In this country, we take many of our human expressions and freedoms for granted. Maybe this is the time to create a checklist of our attempts of betterment and improvement. Nothing big…maybe a dozen points…something like: “I have adopted a model/system to help me make decisions.”

Maybe worth a revisit in forming your list:


Back to the barking dog. Next time you hear a bird, dog, cat or other animal sound, let that be the trigger to remember your list and any additions you can add.

Remember the focus here: To capture, improve and record our unique distinction. If not, maybe that‘s where “barking up the wrong tree“ came from?

As always…You decide.