Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Love is Your Life to Live February 13, 2013

Most people know chocolate can kill dogs. Consequently I avoid the stuff like the plague. But that doesn’t mean I need to stay away from the adorable phrases on the aluminum foil packaging. My mom indulged in a chocolate tonight with packaging that read “Be your own valentine.”

This got me to pondering words like courage. Strength. Life.

Great thinkers throughout history have linked big ticket words like this to what is arguably one of the most fundamental words in the English language: love. There is great debate about whether this elementary English word should be classified in dictionaries as a noun, verb or adjective. Consider your source people. In the world of Wiley, love is most definitely a verb.

Like true and authentic joy, love is your life to live. But there is this thing about love that I could never quite put my paw on…and I know it is my own fault. Every day I make the conscious decision to see the best in people and things. And every day I overlook the best in myself.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,” said ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, “while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

It is not easy for most people to love their authentic selves deeply. It means accepting the unacceptable, letting go of grudges, and giving your soul a bear hug. It takes courage. It is something I should do, but don’t.


It is hard to love yourself when you get separated from your mom too young and no one will take you in. It is hard to love yourself when you sit at the shelter watching puppy after puppy get adopted while you pace hopelessly in your cage. It is hard to love yourself when you are returned to the shelter after being adopted by a family that didn’t have enough love to go around. I’ve always had an abundance of love to share with everyone but myself.

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into place,” actress Lucille Ball advised. “You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” So today I plead with you to join me in my newfound quest to literally take the words of Gandhi to heart.

“Where there is love there is life,” he said. My life has not always been easy to love, but that will no longer keep me from living an authentic life of love. As my own valentine, its my life to live.


14 Responses to “Love is Your Life to Live”

  1. Aww Wiley, you are cute and wise. Thanks for dropping by “Honey” again. You might want to put Vegas on the no go list. Not a great place for dogs! 🙂

  2. Amba Says:

    Wiley! I cannot imagine a place where there wasn’t enough love for you. Your photograph is adorable, though I do feel incredibly sad to see you so serious. Happy Valentine’s day Wiley- may your day be filled with love from your family and friends! Thank you for reminding me to love myself!

  3. How very true Wiley…you are most loveable though.

  4. Happy Valentine’s Day oh wise one 😉

  5. Ogee Says:

    Wiley…please be my Valentine ❤

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

    I sure was thoughtful last year. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

  7. fredrieka Says:

    Oh you are so right! I have been loved so much I forgot about the shelter. I found my forever love

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