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Joy: From the Ground Up

Hide and Seek No More February 28, 2013

Everything around me was gray. I was standing on a platform that appeared to be floating and not connected in anyway to the walls around me. It was flying down and I was struggling to keep my balance. “Newbie,” I heard someone mumble nearby. I didn’t look around because that would have made me lose my focus. Instead I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and…

my first thought upon waking this morning was I was happy to be alive. Shortly after that, my senses returned and I realized I was really hungry and really had to go outside. But when I opened my eyes and saw I wasn’t on that platform surrounded in gray plunging to what seemed like inevitable death, I knew I’d made it. I was blessed with another day filled with naps, treats, playtime and love. How lucky I am.

I know it isn’t this way for everyone. I will admit, it isn’t even always that way for me. It is a conscious choice we make each day to see it as a fresh canvas ready and waiting for our uniquely personal brushstrokes. And some days are not masterpieces. Or they don’t seem like it at the time at least. Even the works of Pablo Picasso confused (and, in some cases, continue to confuse) its viewers at first. “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls,” Picasso said. That’s not so confusing.

So today I take a page from Picasso’s sketchbook and paint myself a portrait of gratitude. By doing so, I breathe life into gratitude, just as Sarah Ban Breathnach suggests we take time to do in Simple Abundance. Two months ago, I reflected on Breathnach’s concept of a gratitude journal as a necessary part of the Simple Abundance experience in Hope in Gratitude.

“If you want to continue on this journey with me, the gratitude journal is not an option,” Breathnach scolds. “Why? Because you simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life.” One month ago, I challenged myself to write my own eulogy, forcing me to reflect on the value of life. Since then, I have taken Breathnach’s concept one tiny paw step further and made it a point not to separate my gratitude journal from my other musings, as a way to trick myself into being more grateful. And I would argue that my little trick with my mind is working. I’m not the same dog I was two months ago.Thankful to be Alive

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,” American president John F. Kennedy once said, “but to live by them.”

That is why I want to share my perspective with the world. It’s kind of like American comedian Jim Carrey said “I wake up some mornings…and I go, ‘remember how good this is because you can lose it.” I’m done playing hide and seek with life.

Instead when I wake I say here I am world, happy and alive.


12 Responses to “Hide and Seek No More”

  1. Amba Says:

    I love the concept of giving thanks everyday. I need to do it starting today. I am sure it will help me have a more positive take on every day things. Thank you Wiley! You may just be the smartest little doggy I know! 🙂

    • Dear Amba….you should know you are one of several people in my life for whom I give thanks. All the more reason for you to be more positive, if I do say so myself. Please know you are loved. Your Wiles.

  2. djmatticus Says:

    “I was blessed with another day filled with naps, treats, playtime and love. How lucky I am.” – Sounds pretty good to me! 🙂 Great post!

  3. scrapydo Says:

    Positive thinking is my motto! Thanks for encouraging words again.” I’m done playing hide and seek with life.
    Instead when I wake I say here I am world, happy and alive. Wonderful my dear friend! LOL

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  5. writetowag Says:

    Another wonderful way to greet our morning…You are the best!!!!

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

    Dreams are weird sometimes. But the lessons they bear are always pretty important.

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