Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Over the Moon May 24, 2013

I’m back in my world. My parents have returned from their journey, and my subsequent stay at grandma’s house has drawn to a close. While I had a fabulous time away, there really is no place like home.

I was reminded of that tonight as I sat in my beloved backyard staring at the brilliant white light shining down on me. I’m no astronomer, but I’d say the moon is fairly close to being full tonight and it is a sight to be seen. You can blame the canine in me, but I much prefer the full moon to any smaller portion of it. In fact, we four-legged people tend to run with the go-big-or-go-home mindset in most things. (That birthday ice cream cone I got this week? Consider it gone in 60 seconds!)

Ice Cream FaceSo you can imagine my confusion at Sarah Ban Breathnach’s suggestion today to find fullness in emptiness.

“It’s difficult for many of us to accept that emptiness – in life or in the living room – can have a positive influence,” she writes in Simple Abundance. “We need either to become more comfortable with waiting to fill what’s empty with what’s authentic or become just willing to accept the exquisite fullness of nothing.”

I thought of this as I stared at that big bright object in the sky, realizing that regardless of its fullness, it is empty. Devoid of life. And yet the sunshine of the night sky is a thing of beauty, even in its emptiness. Like most things in life, it took a change in perspective for me to see what the light of the moon was trying to tell me tonight. It’s natural for me to see things through to completion, but sometimes its doing (or in my case tonight, seeing) what we fear that brings us powerful truth.

“Life’s landscape becomes a lot more interesting when there an entire dimension we’ve never considered before simply because we couldn’t see it,” Breathnach writes. Being a closer of things also has its way of inspiring me not to want to miss out on anything in life, especially an entire dimension of thoughtful opportunities. So tonight I have opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibility, illuminated by the full emptiness of the moon. It’s good to be home.


19 Responses to “Over the Moon”

  1. Lyn Says:

    I’ve always thought of you as a “the glass is always half full” pupson 😉

  2. Wiley, I just finished my breakfast, how long do I have to sit to see the fullness in the emptiness… Just joking Pal! Thank you for another wise lesson. Pawkiss 🙂

  3. I love how you call the moon “the sunshine of the night sky.” I love sunshine! (and I’m afraid of the dark) I will try to be less afraid when I’m outside at night.

    Love and licks,

    • I love thinking of the moon as the sunshine of the night. It makes night more romantic (and less scary in your case) and I love when things are a little brighter in the world regardless of the source. 🙂

  4. I agree, there is no place like home. I’m a fan of the moon too – he looks always so close, but they say he is far away… like some things in life :o) …and I would like to know, if the moon is really made of cheese :o) Have a wonderful weekend dear Wiley.

  5. finnhoward Says:

    I love to watch the night sky, there is definitely some magic in it. That’s an interesting thing to think about – being full in emptiness. We tend to go, go go and don’t take time to smell the roses.

    • Indeed, there is magic in the night sky, and it is so fabulous to think about all of us looking up at the same moon from our respective places in the world. It connects us that way, which I think is pretty special. 🙂

  6. Guess what? The moon looked just the same here in South Carolina last night as the one you saw! Slow and Pretty walked outside to take a good look at it before they went to bed. There’s no place like home…:)

    • Really!? I mean, of course that makes sense, as South Carolina isn’t quite as far away as some of our other blogging friends, but wow that’s neat. Like the sun, the moon brings us all together somehow. That’s worth taking pause to notice, if you ask me. High paw, Red Man!

  7. huntmode Says:

    I love it when a new perspective strikes, Wyles. I’ve often walked on the beach at night, staring up at the multitude of stars. Some look and feel small in comparison – taking comfort in the vastness, saying it reduces their problems to a manageable level, others just feel small and lost. For me, it has always been a reminder and reflection that we are the stuff the cosmos is made of ~ thinking of our DNA, cell and atom structures, which under a microscope would appear as vast and indifferent to our seeking eyes. 🙂 HuntMode

    • Dear HuntMode,
      You’ve done it again. You’ve managed to take my theory and weave it into a brilliant metaphor for so many things in life. Thank you for always bringing your unique perspective to my blog. It is appreciated more that you could possibly know. 🙂
      Lots of love,

  8. k~ Says:

    I love it. The perspective voice of a pup. I did this with one of my cats too, and it was so much fun (not to mention a wonderful exercise in characters). Thank you for the smile!

  9. Great to be such a positive person! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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

    Considering ice cream cones. I kind of love them.

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