Should sleeping dogs be allowed to lie? No, dogs should tell the truth.
Regardless of a hound’s reliable communication, I find joy having a sleeping dog nearby, stretched out like a lion on the Serengeti.
I not only appreciate a sleeping dog for the ethereal joy that comes from a slumbering hound, I also appreciate the sleeping dog as a metaphor / illustration for choosing one’s battles.
Scenarios do emerge, issues do come up, along with questions: “Do I speak into this?”; “I feel passionate about this: should I say anything?”; “Do I let sleeping dogs lie (choose not to bite on the bait)?”; or “Do I fight this battle?”
A wilder man disrupts his world for the better or for the worse, choosing when & how it happens, and why it happens. Good judgment calls. Not-so-good judgment calls. Sleeping dogs are, metaphorically, the opposite of battles.
Wisdom in “choosing one’s battles” is not the same as the percieved call to fight every battle. I know individuals who refuse to let a sleeping dog lie. I know individuals who have a tendency to avoid every battle: let the sleeping dog lie. And there are guys like me: some days I am William Wallace, ready to kick some butt; other days, I am sold out for sleeping dogs.
Murky waters. Ambivalence. A tension, between courage and avoidance; a mixed bag, humility and self-righteousness; wisdom and impulsivity.
There are times when I would like to sleep, as a sleeping dog, stretched out like a lion on the Serengeti, and leave it to others try to figure out what battle to fight. Unfortunately, that is not an option. I am very much in the “battle”, trying to make good choices.
- Let sleeping dogs lie (honduranhiatus.wordpress.com)