Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

In Their Shoes April 18, 2013

The loveable white terrier mix in the Traveler’s Insurance commercials. Marley of “Marley and Me” fame. American comedian Will Farrell. Canine and human alike, I would be lying if I said I never fantasized about living a day in any of their shoes.

Today I realized the thing they all have in common. They all bring smiles and laughter to people with a variety of interests and passions. As this is my personal goal in my life, they are all amongst the motivational people in my life, no matter how silly they might be.

Indeed, there are a few things I love most about comedy…it’s honest, open, ridiculous and sometimes it hits you in the face unexpectedly when you need it most. In a world where people ask who am I more than say (with confidence) who they are, I feel like comedy is a necessary break from the daily grind.

I’ve said before I dream big and I dream silly, so in the spirit of comedy I will bring to question the possibility of something I often wonder about. I think sometimes about what would happen if my forever mom and dad switched places for a day. How would their days differ from “the norm” starting with the moment they wake until the moment their heads hit the pillows?In His Shoes

Routines in the morning would be out of whack, for sure. Beyond that, I know they would both be at a loss doing each others “jobs” all dayΒ at that place they call “work.” But (as usual) my curiosity runs deeper than that. I wonder what they would think about each other if the roles were reversed. Moreover, I wonder if the shift in perspective would change anything about how they communicate.

It’s funny being in my paws. I would argue I probably understand both of them better than they understand themselves. I see joy, from the ground up in any situation, so I would by fibbing if I said I don’t find some comedy in the idea of my forever parents switching places for a day. I also love them both more than anyone could possibly know, which is a perspective all its own.In Her Shoes

But I do still wonder what (if any) kind of paradigm shift would occur as the result of a day in the other person’s shoes. I do say this as a believer in the idea that (as impossible as it might be) I think they both would benefit from a day like this. And I say this as a lover of possibilities and a believer in dreaming big. I say this with love.

As impossible as it may seem, I say we could all benefit from some of this kind of perspective in life. Husbands and wives. Bosses and employees. Dogs and owners. Something really can be gained from picturing yourself in the “other person’s” shoes.

The loveable white terrier mix in the Traveler’s Insurance commercials. Marley of Marley and Me fame. American comedian Will Farrell. For me, I gain a sense of humor from these influences in my life. Silly as they (and my theories about switching places) might sound, it doesn’t matter to me as long as I find a way to make people smile regardless of the roles they play in life.


20 Responses to “In Their Shoes”

  1. Basil Says:

    you are so wise! I love coming to your blog, thank you for being on of the special things in my day!

  2. Wiley, you look shell-shocked in those shoes! Your face is hilarious!! I have a feeling your Dad would not enjoy a day in those leopard pumps.

    Love and licks,

    • Indeed, I may have been shell-shocked. And I think you’re probably absolutely right when you say my Dad wouldn’t enjoy a day in the leopard pumps. I’m sure his co-workers would probably enjoy it a great deal more than he would. πŸ˜‰ Lots of love to you!

  3. Love your Mommy’s shoes Wiley!

    • Mom says thank you. They’re definitely one of her favorites. She hasn’t been able to wear them since the knee surgery, but she keeps hoping that one day, she’ll be back in business. πŸ™‚

      • I had a torn meniscus and am just wearing heels again but only for a few hours at a time. Not sure what surgery she had, but it’s been a few months since mine and I’m just starting to feel better.

      • I know this only because I’ve heard her say it so many times now: she had a new ligament grafted from her thigh to make a new ACL, they repaired her torn meniscus, and they repaired what the doctor apparently called a “shredded” MCL. It was awful seeing her in that much pain. Glad to hear you’re doing well! It shows there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

      • Oh yes, just remind her to be patient with her healing. Soon she’ll be stepping out with your Dad and dancing in those heels! πŸ™‚

  4. … this boots (or heels?) are made for walking :o)

  5. writetowag Says:

    Those pics are so so cute Wiley!!!! You made us smile BIG time!!!!

  6. Aww, Wiley, the shoes look so lovely on you πŸ™‚ Happy Weekend!

  7. Lyn Says:

    There’s one type of shoe I don’t like wearing – even for a few minutes – and that’s cement shoes! The last few days, Dad has taken me with him when he worked at a friend’s place laying new pavers around their swimming pool. I’ve learnt that cement is not good to walk in – Dad wasn’t too pleased either, but he did laugh just the same. I didn’t like his method of getting the cement off though, which was the hose. That water was sooooo cold! It’s Autumn here in Australia, and Grandma decided I need some galoshes – I love that word, it sounds so…so gloopy πŸ™‚ So next week, Grandma is buying me some gloopy galoshes to wear when I go outside in the rain (with my pink raincoat that has red love hearts on it) and that way I won’t get wet and muddy paw prints all over her bed.
    P/S Grandma’s new avatar is her with her teddy bear when she was little.

  8. […] mirror and it all came together. I was my forever dad. Maybe I dreamed too much last night about my forever parents switching places. Maybe this too is a dream. Or is […]

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

    Funny how a year changes things.

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