Living the Good (Hachi) Life – How Hachi’s Dog Tale Can Inspire Us All to Live Adventurously and in the Moment

Vicki WongThe Hachi Life (Inspiration)6 Comments

Since I was little, I’ve been called to chase adventure. Rather than playing with dolls, I preferred to arm wrestle the boys. I craved action and wasn’t afraid to test the limits.

One time, when I was six, I was determined to get Easter baskets for my home. Not interested in waiting until someone could take me to the store, I walked six blocks, crossed a busy main street, and filled my shopping cart all the way to the top with baskets. Moving my cart into the checkout line, a neighbor happened to spot me and decided to call my mother.

Caught!

My childhood is filled with memories of adventure – running through fields to catch mice, making friends with chameleons, hauling my little red wagon door-to-door to sell flower seeds to neighbors.

The freedom that I felt then is the same that I still feel now, capable of stirring up simple joys, the ones that make you feel instantly alive and overwhelmingly happy.

Since those early days of adventure seeking, I’ve learned to seek thrills in other ways – launching businesses (from medical to fashion), exploring the world (I’ve been to over forty countries), and owning homes around the globe. I’ve survived hair-raising ups and downs.

Life is not one-size-fits-all by any means. Like characters in a novel, we all experience different journeys, different chapters. For me, I’ve learned that the only certainty in life is change!

Looking back, I love that my life so far has been full of adventure. Yes, sometimes it’s been crazy, but it’s always been interesting.

One of the most profound chapters in my life began when my dog, Hachi, was brought into my life. Through Hachi, I learned to appreciate consistency and balance. Hachi was an old, wise soul, one that knew how to speak directly to mine.

That pup fascinated me with his wholeness and purity of being. Not only did I learn a lot from that little guy, but he inspired me to BE more like him. (You can read my story here.)

So, I decided to study his ways.

While I enjoyed exciting adventures, after adopting Hachi, I found myself realizing that sometimes less is more. In “having it all,” I found that satisfaction in life is directly tied to our personal relationships – quality not quantity.

True happiness is found in lovely moments, and you can experience those wherever you are. What is a memory that you have where you felt true happiness? Let me know in the comments.

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Because I want to learn to live “The Hachi Lifestyle”—love, loyalty and friendship—I will read this regularly as it will guide me forever.

Vicki
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Hachi’s gentle spirit encourages compassion towards those in need, tolerance for those who are different from us and faith that with a pure heart the right path will be revealed. His steadfast energy continues to touch people’s hearts after over 80 years. Keep returning for more Hachi Love and inspiration! May Hachi stay close to your heart… 🐶💖

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There are many memories of happjness in my life, but the majority of those memories involve spending time with my dogs (cats too). From lengthy walks with my dogs to, just hanging out with them, they have always been there for me, in terms of friendships.
Learning the story of Hachiko’s life, has made all my past and present friendships with my (and other) dogs gain a new and wonderful perspective. Thank you Hachi!

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Hi Bruce! Most of my warmest memories were with dogs – my childhood mixed pup Hush Puppy – then much later- my Hachi. They were my best pals and we had lots of fun times! I don’t think any human could match the purity of their little souls…

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Simona

Di momenti bellissimi con il mio haki ce ne sono molti.. ha solo tre anni.. ma ha cambiato tutta la mia vita.. mi fa’ uscire.. passeggiare… arrabbiare anche a volte!! ( quando incontra un altro cane maschio!!).. ma è veramente qualcosa di “potente” quello che riesce a fare in me.. o nelle persone a me vicine. E’ come aver avuto, di nuovo, un bimbo piccolo nella nostra vita.. Il pensiero che purtroppo mi capita di fare spesso è il pensiero del distacco.. quando sarà.. e non posso non pensarci senza versare fiumi di lacrime. A casa è davvero il pelouche… Read more »

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Interesting discussion …. I still haven’t decided if I’m more beagle or greyhound but have learned to accept myself and others for the best we can be. Happiness meant different things at different times for me too. But today, after many years and adventures, I agree with the ‘less is more’ theory, and often find happiness in quiet moments surrounded by thoughts I know will make me smile. High on my list of such moments is the quality time shared with Hachi and all the new and old friends he has brought me. Thank you all!