Leave on a high
We bumped into a young puppy on our walk this morning. Mahler is still young enough himself that an overexcited invitation to play is palatable to him.
When another young puppy came along I could see an emerging jostle for dominance. That was our cue to carry on walking.
I’m a big proponent for leaving on a high. It takes experience to anticipate that moment and courage to act on it but it prevents the downward spiral into conflict, stress and/or apathy. I’ve done it with jobs, parties, work projects and relationships. The momentum it gives you is a strong dose of self-confidence.