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Joy: From the Ground Up

Living in the Moment May 1, 2013

I realized today I have done a fair share of blogging about the weather. I’m not even sure how riveting a dog’s thoughts on the weather are, but (spoiler alert!) I’m about to do it again.

It began with a special moment I had with my mom in the snow. Then there was more snow. And more cold. And rain, my goodness, have we had rain. While some of it has been positive, I will admit to complaining (in the best way I know how) in some of my commentary as well.Smelling the Roses It wasn’t that long ago I asked the world where art thou spring?

I finally have my answer. Spring is here. Well, actually summer is here early, and probably not for long. Today is the second day in a row of unseasonably warm weather. Given my outspoken longing for warmth throughout the majority of what technically should be considered spring in Wisconsin, I would be remiss if I didn’t bring attention to the beauty around me the last couple of days. All of the snow is melted and all of the rain has left behind it a sea of color. Trees and grass are so brilliantly green they are almost blinding. Magnolia trees (which usually bloom in this area right around Easter) are finally bearing their beautiful pink and white flowers and daffodils, lilies and tulips seemed to shoot out of the ground and flower overnight.

The world around me is a piece of art right now and I am soaking it all in. (Especially since the weather forecast for the next couple of days brings our temperatures back down into the 30s and 40s). The wait has proven worthwhile, but the resulting beauty has become a study of something I find all too frequently in our society.

How true it is that is can be so much easier to pine and long and lust after what we don’t have than it is to soak up what we do? “Forever is composed of nows,” as American poet Emily Dickenson put it.

I spent all that time praying for spring to finally come and yet I almost didn’t stop and take notice when it did. Now that it’s here I realized it’s one thing to live in the moment, but sometimes that is exactly whenΒ we shouldΒ stop and appreciate the brilliance of what that moment has to offer. Most likely, it offers joy from the ground up. Musings and commentary on the weather aside, that is what it is all about for me.

 

30 Responses to “Living in the Moment”

  1. Hooray for a gorgeous spring in Wisconsin!! Enjoy!!

  2. Lyn Says:

    We’re in the last month of Autumn here in Oz. Yet the temperature has been glorious. Last week the temperature reached 80F on several days, but the nights were those glorious nights where you can snuggle under the blankets with your favourite four-footed fur grandbaby next to you. Today however, is more like a true Autumn day – 59 degrees. I love Autumn. I’m really envious of you Wiles, all those Magnolia blossoms and daffodils and tulips – especially the daffodils πŸ™‚
    P/S be sure to stop and smell the flowers sweet Wiley xx

    • I love hearing stories of the surroundings of my favorite people far, far away! I love autumn around these parts, so I hope you’re enjoying the variety and beauty of the changing colors around you. How neat it is that the colors of spring are coming to life there as the colors change around you as well! Thanks for the reminder to smell the flowers – that’s what I was doing in this picture, and one can never have enough of that smell! Lots of love to you, dear Lyn.

  3. Easter Ellen Says:

    Lovely reminder to slow down and enjoy the moments we long for before they are so far away again!

  4. Jill London Says:

    What an eloquent and philosophical canine you are, Wiley πŸ™‚ I loved reading your beautiful words today.
    Thanks so much for visiting and liking my blog post, I’m so glad it brought me here πŸ™‚ Enjoy your day Wiley, and tell your mom to do the same xx

    • Dear Jill!!! Welcome to my blog! Thank you so much for the follow! I hope you enjoy my words as much as I enjoy yours. Thank you also for your compliments…they mean so much to me! I hope to see a lot more of your smiling face!! Love, Wiley.

  5. Thank goodness you savoured the spring moments before they got away, Wiley. Spring can be fleeting like that! I was savouring the beauty of some tulips at the park, but Mom was all, “GAH! Get out of there! You’re crushing them!”

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

    • Spring was indeed incredibly fleeting, as I am chilled to my little doggie bones today. I think your mom and my mom could definitely be pals – I know she would have had the same reaction to me running through the tulips! Can you blame us for savoring the beauty like only us dogs know how to? πŸ™‚ Lots of love, friend!

  6. PigLove Says:

    oohh Wiley…. give me a few and then check out my blog. I left you something there you sweet thing! XOXO – Bacon

    • Dear Bacon! You sure did leave something sweet for me at your blog! If only us pigs and dogs could actually eat cupcakes, hey? What an unlikely match we are and yet I feel like we’re peas and carrots already. πŸ™‚ Lots of love to you, dear friend! Shine on!

  7. Wish we would have some spring time too. It’s uncomfy and cold outside. But even with bad weather you can have a lot of fun :o)

    • I like the way you think friend! This is the weather I love to slop around in the mud and make all kinds of mess in the yard. Too bad we couldn’t do so together! Then there’s always the ramifications of my people…they sure do hate it when I get so dirty! πŸ™‚ Shine on, pal!

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  9. We didn’t have Spring in here, we went from winter to 120 in 2 days, not fun, mosquitoes all over the place, summer clothes hidden and nowhere to be found.

    • Hot dog! 120 degrees!? Again, I’ll say I feel so blessed to be able to connect with people and hear stories of their lives far, far away! Try to stay cool, friends!

  10. Lovely words of wisdom, Wiley. I am learning to enjoy whatever the weather brings, treasuring the small window of sunshine on a rainy day. I am working on seeing rain as liquid sunshine, plus that is what keeps it so green here. We have had a scattered few sunshiny days, then back to cold and wet – the other day we had frost! On those sunny days I so love seeing the snow capped mountains across Puget Sound, so gorgeous and majestic. Thanks for re minding all of us to appreciate the special sunny days of spring and the amazing flowers blooming.

    • My goodness, Lee! It’s so nice to see you again! I absolutely love your comment about rain being liquid sunshine! What a blessed and optimistic perspective you have on all types of weather situations. I truly appreciate you sharing your story and your words with me today. Come back and bring some sunshine to my day again soon!

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

    Weather. From the ground up, I have a love/hate relationship with it.

  13. Well said dear Wiley.

  14. tchistorygal Says:

    Enjoy your cool temps. It’s 91 here at 8:30, and that’s way down from 104 at about 6:00 p.m.


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