In her landmark 1969 book, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross explained the five stages of grief. Those stages are all pretty much illustrated in the 60 seconds it takes the dog in this YouTube video, posted last week, to figure out that his stick is too big to take onto the bridge he’s trying to cross. Let us review.
1. Denial: “There’s no way I’m leaving this stick behind. Why would I have found this majestic stick if I couldn’t carry it onto the bridge? Why would it be the EXACT SIZE OF MY MOUTH if I couldn’t chew on it forever? I am going to take this stick onto this bridge, and I’d say that in an even meaner way if I were Samuel L. Jackson… and also if I had a command of human words.”
2. Anger: “OK, that didn’t work. I AM GOING TO BACK UP AND SHAKE IT OFF LIKE TAYLOR SWIFT. I AM NOT A QUITTER, AND I AM NOT PUTTING THIS STICK DOWN.”
3. Bargaining: “If I can take this stick with me, I won’t bark every time I hear a doorbell on television and I won’t jump into the middle of the bed and immediately begin licking at my own undercarriage. I promise.”
4. Depression: “It’s just not going to work. I was silly to think that I could get this powerful stick onto that tiny bridge and I’ve wasted at least four days of my life this afternoon. That might be wrong, I really don’t understand how time works.”
5. Acceptance: “I’ve tried everything and it just wasn’t meant to be. I just wasn’t supposed to have this stick, the greatest stick in the wor– I DID IT! I DID IT! I HAVE THE STICK! AND WE’RE ON THE BRIDGE!
Sometimes it just takes a little persistence. Persistence, and holding your head juuust right.