Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

You Get What You Give April 5, 2013

Four months ago, it was just an idea. I was playing in the snow with my mom and she smiled the most beautiful smile and it came to me. I want to find a way to make more people smile like that.  A few days later, I began my blogging journey on a quest to share joy: from the ground up with whoever needed it. While I obviously hoped that my joy would reach people, I nearly fell out of my little doggie bed when I got my first couple of followers. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there,” as Teddy Roosevelt said.

Today, I celebrate you, my inspiration, my supporters, my friends. The blogosphere has brought to life the words of Ronald Reagan who once said “we can’t help everyone but everyone can help someone.” What a powerful impact we can have through simplicity. What a blessing to be able to be the difference we want to see in the world. Dear blogging world. You’ve been so good to me. While I set out to share my joy with the world, I did not expect the joy you would share with me.

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Thank you especially to Kuruk, Lissa and Lisa who have most recently nominated me for the Versatile and Very Inspiring Blog awards. Both types of awards make a similar suggestion to include seven facts about yourself and then paw forward the appreciation to other inspirational bloggers.

Getting to Know Me

1) I recently got a new collar that says Rescued on it. It might be my new favorite thing.

2) I don’t bark, except when animals (live or animated) appear on the television.

3) I believe in being the change I want to see in the world. Change starts in the mind, but it lives in the heart.

4) I purr like a cat when I’m getting an especially nice scratch in the right place.

5) Little people are wise beyond their years if you ask me.

6) I own a more than one doggie Packer jersey.

7) My favorite place to sleep is right between my mom and dad in my forever home.

I learn something new every day and a lot of that is thanks to the relationships I’ve been fortunate enough to have in the blogosphere. Again, I mean no disrespect to those who nominated me in doing this, but I nominate you – reader and supporter of my blog for these awards. There are so many deserving partners who inspire me on a daily basis with their words, commentary and friendship. Thank you all for being you.

Four months ago, I had no idea who you were, and now I consider each and every one of you a valuable part of my life. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,” suggested Buddha, “and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”


23 Responses to “You Get What You Give”

  1. I have just recently found your blog recently and I am thankful for the smile you bring to my day, God Bless

  2. Wendy Quinn Says:

    Hello Wiley ….. you are absolutely right that seeing your super photos brings a daily smile. Such an easy and effective way to bring joy into the world. Keep up the good work. xx

    • Thanks so much dear Wendy! I believe that smiles are contagious, so I do appreciate your comment that much more knowing I bring some joy into your life. Shine on!

  3. We’re so glad you started blogging, Wiley. You’re a goodhearted, sweet doggie and you bring a smile on our face every time we see your cute face… and…I have to say this… you purr, just like me 🙂

    • Awww, well thank you so much for taking the time to spend with me each day!!! Time is such a precious and valuable commodity these days, so every little bit counts. And yes, I purr. And I’m not ashamed to say so. 🙂

  4. Nikitaland Says:

    We’re happy we found you too Wiley! Everyone needs a good friend to lean on! Both Nikita and Bella were rescued too from the APL and just like you, sleep right between Mommy and Daddy every night. Hugs to you Wiley and to your wonderful Mommy & Daddy! Woof!

  5. You’re a class act, Wiley. Congratulations on your awards. I love that you said, “Change starts in the mind, but lives in the heart.” Wise words.

    Love and licks,

  6. i especially agree with #5

  7. Maria Says:

    Nothing like new jewelery, huh? Oh! And #4, you might be able to get some cool voice-over work with that. 🙂

  8. I love your blog. And your teeth are very pretty.

  9. huntmode Says:

    You are a lovebug, Wiley! And, I love your magnificent lower “sharpies.” Thank goodness you decided to spread joy, rather than take a bite out of the world! Grin.

  10. So happy to have found you through Ku, and I think your new collar sounds wonderful!

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

    This reminds me of how much I have to be thankful for.

  12. Lyn Says:

    Have you really only been blogging for such a short time? You’re so much a part of our lives Wiles, that it seems much longer xx

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