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Joy: From the Ground Up

Wiley Schmidt: A Fortunate Accident? January 25, 2013

Tomorrow is such a powerful word. It is a promise of a fresh start on a new day. It is another chance to get caught up with that to-do list or start that project you always wanted to start when you could never find the time. It is a chance to make a difference in the lives of others, or finally put that dream to action. But ultimately, tomorrow is the devil’s playground for procrastination. What if there is no tomorrow?

Hillary Cooper once said “life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” I’ve been fortunate to have my fair share of breathtaking moments. The day I met my forever mom and dad, the day they took me home, and the day I realized how much they loved me all come to mind.

So today I embrace life by contemplating death. It might sound morbid, but I see the value in contemplating how one will be remembered when they are no longer among the living. How would I want to be remembered? The ancient Greeks asked one thing after a man died: did he have passion?

The Eulogy of Wiley Schmidt: A Fortunate Accident?

Wiley (Coyote) Schmidt was a pretty special dog. He was dearly loved by his adoptive mom and dad, as well as extended family and friends too plentiful to list. For this, he considered himself the luckiest dog in the world.

It wasn’t always that way for him. Separated from his birth mother too young, Wiley struggled to find acceptance and love from various foster homes. He lived on the streets, fought for food and shelter, and knew life without a loving home. He was resilient amidst life’s hurdles, and slowly learned to embrace the challenges as they became part of what made him unique.

His positive outlook on life started paying him dividends at the age of two, when his parents adopted him from the humane society. Life was a series of fortunate accidents for him after that.

After two years in his forever home, he started a little blog he hoped could touch some lives. Another year later, the scope of his aspiration to share his joy with the world spread beyond his wildest dreams. His mom helped him piece together a year of blog entries into his groundbreaking book. It was called Joy: From the Ground Up, and it became an instant hit with dog lovers all over the world.

He always dreamed big, but his dreams were never selfish. The ancient Greeks asked one thing after a man died: did he have passion? Wiley had passion for the greatest gift of all: life. He was the embodiment of joy, and shared it with whomever would accept it.

People say hindsight is 20/20. Wiley didn’t believe in that. Wiley said if we live life as it is supposed to be lived, there shouldn’t be hindsight. We should be looking forward. Our dreams should always be more exciting than our memories. He would want us all to remember that.

Rest in peace, Wiley. You (and your forever joy) will be missed.


17 Responses to “Wiley Schmidt: A Fortunate Accident?”

  1. Such a joyful, happy face.

  2. Great job…cute pup! Long may he reign! 🙂

  3. maggiemq Says:

    Even I will remember you!
    The future is precious 🙂

    Wishing you a great weekend.

  4. scrapydo Says:

    I think my adopted mom will also say the same as your parents. My mom sometimes start thinking that she wonders what will happen to me if she passes away! She even asked our boarder if he would care for me if she isn’t there! Goodness me I don’t want to think about it. Lets enjoy the now and not think about tomorrow!

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  9. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    It’s humbling to think about what life might be like after you’re gone.

  10. Sandy Says:

    I remember that we had to write our obit in journalism class many many years ago. I dd not turn out to be the animator that created a new Disney cartoon character, but have nevertheless still had many incredible experiences. Sometimes these experiences teach us things, make us smile, connect with people, or who knows what? But Wiley, I hope you do write a book because you are the best at spreading joy and I think that everyone could use more joy in their lives : )

  11. utesmile Says:

    What a great picture, and many more years to you!

  12. Lyn Says:

    I don’t want to even think about you not being here Wiles xx

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