A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion. --The Old Farmer's Almanac
A lion just exudes strength, doesn't it? Those powerful muscles. That strong jaw. Just being close to one gives you a sense of awe and depending how close, fear! A barking dog, however, doesn't always bring about the same feelings. Some can bring fear while others can just be annoying. But how useful is a barking dog versus a sleeping lion?
Barking Dogs: Give Warnings - A dog may bark to warn you that someone is close or that something is wrong. We get frustrated when our dogs bark at people going by, however we appreciate it when they are barking because someone is in your yard when they aren't supposed to be. They will warn when a creature is around as well. I have had a dog bark at a large spider before and my dog certainly will let me know if there are deer in the yard (unless she is asleep--which isn't helpful at all!). No matter how strong and intimidating someone is, if they aren't paying attention or ready at a moment's notice, they may miss something important. A barking dog is alert and ready for action. A sleeping lion isn't. Don't think that just because someone is a big strong lion and you are just a pup that you can't get a job done. In fact, you may stand out even more if you are actively doing your job as you should all the time.
Barking Dogs: Lead the Way - Dogs have a keen sense of smell. There are dogs that find missing people, dogs that root out drugs and dogs that can even detect bed bugs. Dogs are even used to help the blind and other people with disabilities. Their bark can help lead someone to the right place or the right animal if they are a hunting dog. A sleeping lion or even an awake lion for that matter doesn't roar to get you to follow where it is leading. It will roar at you because it wants to declare it's importance and show it's strength and teeth. I am not saying that a lion roaring doesn't have meaning, I am sure that it does especially to other lions and prey that is around, but for us the roar is not helpful in everyday ways like a barking dog is. A barking dog type of person is helpful in a lot of ways. They will specialize in what ways they can lead the best and they will easily be taught to do the job that is needed to be done. A lion can be trained as well, but a lion isn't trained for everyday tasks. Some people's strengths are to be in front of everyone and be a strong force. Others are there for everyday helps and needs. Sometimes it's the little things that can make the most difference on a daily basis.
Barking Dogs: Tell You What They Want - My dog barks when she wants to go outside. She will also bark when she wants to eat. She barks at the cat to tell her to leave her alone. I know what she wants (usually) when she barks a certain way. So a barking dog in a lot of ways is a good communicator. People who say what they want and what they need are easier to help at times than those who seldom say anything. How can a person help you if you don't tell them you need help? Communication is so important in our lives in general, not just for work!
Barking Dogs: Show Their Strength - Of course, just like a lion's roar, a barking dog can show their strength as well. They can be intimidating even if they are a small dog that doesn't bite! My dog is a little Shih Tzu and she never bites anyone. However, when my granddaughters were smaller, they didn't like it when she barked at them because it scared them. My dog was only excited to see them, but they didn't know that at first and the loud bark intimidated them. Even when she was put in another room her barking bothered them! A sleeping lion can look so calm and sweet that at a zoo they just seem like you could snuggle with them. Of course their size up close may make you feel differently, but if they are quiet and sleeping it's not nearly as intimidating as it would be if they were roaring at you! It can be useful to speak your mind and stand up for a cause. No matter what position your are in this world, when you stand up for what you believe in or stand up against a bully, you are showing how strong you are! A person who doesn't remain silent when they see injustice in the office or in this world in general, is sh0wing their strength. This not only helps the ones that are being mistreated, but it give courage to others to stand up for what is right as well.
We all have a tendency to hear a barking dog and be annoyed right off the bat. Maybe that dog is trying to tell you something important. Maybe they are protecting their owner or their property or maybe they are just hungry. Whatever the reason, a barking dog can certainly be more useful than a sleeping lion, don't you agree?