Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Real Simple Awards February 19, 2013

I find joy in odd things. Among the oddities that entice my innermost insights are simple complexities. Contradictions that meet the eye but test the mind.

Less is more, for example. Less can’t literally be more, and yet is in so many cases. Or, as one of my most favorite artists Leonardo Da Vinci said “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

So I shall take a canvas from Da Vinci and keep this short and sweet (like me). Lately, I have found joy in accepting several blogging awards from some of my friends in the blogosphere I have come to respect. This utmost honor might seem small to some, but not to me.

My sincerest of gratitude to:

Leisa at http://tarotalchemist.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/reality-award/

Ms. Seeker at http://theseeker57.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/the-nominees-are-drum-roll-please/

Loneshewolf at http://theloneshewolf.wordpress.com/

Acceptance of each of these awards involves its own set of rules, which I have outlined below.

In response to Leisa for the Reality Award:
Rules: Thank nominator, answer five questions, nominate five blogs and notify them of their nominations

  • If you could change something, what would you change? I would want for us all to live by a simple commitment inspired by Gandhi himself: be the change you want to see in the world.
  • If you could repeat an age, what age would it be? There is value in respecting where one is at in life. I wouldn’t change a thing about my age right now.
  • What one thing really scares you? Leather belts and all the physical, emotional and psychological pain they are capable of inflicting. I’d rather not discuss it.
  • What one dream have you not completed yet which you think you will be able to complete? Publish a book titled 365 Days of Joy: From the Ground Up by Wiley Schmidt.
  • If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be? This is a tough one…I think I’d want to be my adoptive mom so I could get in her head and tell her she’s beautiful.

In response to Ms. Seeker for the Shine On Award:
Rules: Thank nominator, tell us one thing about yourself, nominate 15 blogs and notify them of their nominations

  • My one thing about myself is that I am grateful to Ms. Seeker and all the other bloggers I’ve come to get to know on my quest to spread my perspective on joy with the world. Thanks to you, I have reasons to give thanks daily for the new blessings in my life. Your words are a constant source of inspiration, and for that I am more thankful than for this award. 2013-01-02 11.23.59

In response to theloneshewolf for the Very Inspiring Award:
Rules: Thank nominator, list seven random things about myself, nominate 15 blogs and notify them of their nominations

  • Mrs. Prickles is no longer my favorite toy. I have moved on to Mr. Prickles. He was a Christmas gift from my grandma Schmidt and I love him for the same reasons I loved Mrs. Prickles.
  • I discovered this week that I have an almost paralyzing irrational fear of balloons filled with helium. Even if they say “I love you” on them.
  • I wake up each day with a mindset to see good in all people and things.
  • I am currently reading Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. It inspires me daily.
  • I find myself missing those I have loved and lost a lot lately. What is that about?
  • I occasionally lick my mom’s legs when she gets out of the shower. And she let’s me. (Shh, don’t tell anyone).

I mean no disrespect to my nominators in this, but with each award came the request to nominate a number of other recipients. I’m feeling the joy today, so rather than pick just one, five or fifteen bloggers from whom I draw inspiration, I nominate you. Yes, you. Reader of this blog, please consider yourself nominated for any or all of the awards I have described and paw it forward as you see fit. Without your support, I would just be a little terrier mutt with a big heart and a lot to tell the world.

I find joy in odd things. Thank you for seeing the more that is less in my life.


16 Responses to “Real Simple Awards”

  1. seeker Says:

    Tears of joy for Mr. Wiley. You do have the gift of joy. I think you are Called by Joy and because of your true nature, you embraced, welcomed and shared it to all, unconditionally. This post I can feel came from your heart. We came naked in this world, therefore, accumulate nothing. Blessings to you, Wiley Schmidt.

    • Ms. Seeker,

      As always, you bring tears of joy to my eyes with your kindness. Thank you for your feedback and most importantly for your ongoing support. Blessings to you Seeker. Love *Wiles*

  2. scrapydo Says:

    Oh, you are such a good dog(person) I wish I could meet you somewhere where we could just sit and chat about life and all the good stuff! LOL

  3. toastandgems Says:

    I love your blog! I am thankful to have found you. Blessings.

  4. Reblogged this on Photos That Inspire Words and commented:
    In Wiley’s Wisdom he has his dog pictured with a concept that means a lot to him “simplicity”. What means a lot to you? Do you have a favorite pet you want to photograph in a new and inventive way that shows your personal style and your love of your pet?

    Paulette Le Pore Motzko

  5. What a wonderful way to pass on gifts of awards. 🙂 You are a kind spirit Wiley Schmidt!

  6. dailyspro Says:

    Congrats Wiley! Love reading about all of your wonderful adventures 🙂

  7. Purnimodo Says:

    Och I am in love with that image. Your dog looks like such a wise soul!

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

    True and sincere gratitude lives within us.

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