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On Being Happy: Real Life Reverence February 26, 2013

My mom came across something kind of special today. It is one of those priceless treasures that might seem worthless to the wrong person. I know this because she was devastated about a month ago when she couldn’t find it. So you can imagine her excitement when she found it at work today. And I would be lying if I said I wasn’t pretty excited myself, since it probably wouldn’t be priceless if not for its value to both of us.

Animal ID: 10451105
Species: Dog
Breed: Terrier Mix
Age: 2 years 3 months
Sex: Male
Size: Small
Color: Tan
Intake date: 7/31/2010

Hi, my name is Wiley! I am a terrier mix and like all terrier breeds, I have a ton of energy! I am a sweet boy that is interested in everything! I am really good at sit but would love to learn more with your help! I am one smart boy! I am very cute and I know I look lie a little lap dog, but I have a ton of energy so I like to move around a lot! I would love to take long walks and explore everything with you by my side! I have been approved to live with kids 10 years and up! I think I might possibly be great at agility. I cannot wait to find a home that needs an energetic, but sweet, dog like me. Are you the one?!

My old adoption profile from the humane society is dated August 25, 2010. Documentation in itself of one of my most happiest of days, this precious and fragile piece of paper was printed on the day I met them for the first time. My forever mom and dad. And reverent is the word for how I feel about my emotional reflection upon this authentically archeological dig, as Sarah Ban Breathnach would call it.

“Reverence is that altered state of consciousness when you feel awe and wonder because you know you are in the presence of Spirit,” Breathnach writes in Simple Abundance. “Real life—the real life we are meant to be living—begins when we restore a sense of reverence to our daily affairs.”

Today is a day for my mom and I to be reverent in remembrance of the power that happens when we make the conscious choice to turn our personal fears to purpose in life. Change is indeed a conscious choice that often translates fear into purpose. That conscious choice can bring sincere and irreplaceable happiness. Life happily ever after, if you will.

So today is the day I reflect on when real life began for me. That is just it, after all – you need to welcome that kind of magic and happiness into your life by understanding the roles that past and present play in your future. I know from experience it is easier said than done, but finding a way to bring fear to purpose does just that.


20 Responses to “On Being Happy: Real Life Reverence”

  1. I am so happy that your Mom found you Wiley and that you now have a wonderful, loved filled life that you obviously deserve. Reverent is a great word for a time such as this.

  2. aww Im glad your ma found the Wiley, that is a memory she would for sure want to keep! Your so cute at the computer btw, you look like your right into it!

  3. angloswiss Says:

    Wiley I look forward to reading your blogs everyday. They are sometimes so moving.

  4. Kenton Lewis Says:

    Smart dog. They’ve come a long way from the days of Lassie.

  5. writetowag Says:

    Just one day can change your life forever..Especially when we find love…Happy Happy Celebration Day!!!! That pic in front of the laptop…you are sooooo cute!!!!

  6. Leisa Says:

    Wiley..much love to you ♥

  7. […] wonder what the people who took care of me at the humane society would think of me now. I know my doggie adoption profile highlighted my ability to “sit” on command, said that I would probably be best in a home […]

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

    So much more than a number.

  10. Lyn Says:

    I’m really pleased your Mom found the information and you. I mean, what would we do without your blog to read?

  11. utesmile Says:

    What a sweet profile … and you know you are a wonderful sweet dog. Love you Wiles!

  12. Alice Says:

    Wiley, you just make me want to wag my tail!

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