Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Tag, You’re It! June 19, 2013

So this is the world and there are 7 billion people in it. Among the various countries and cultures that serve as home to this incredible population are hundreds (perhaps even thousands) different breeds of dogs. While the census allows some sense of accuracy with the global population, research reveals no such thing about the population of dogs. Us four-leggers are everywhere in all shapes, sizes, colors and personalities. Some breeds even look slightly different in one country versus another.

There is a pretty big world out there. It is absolutely overwhelming to think about. Not to mention completely intimidating. How (on Earth) are we supposed to make a name for ourselves among all the other personalities out there? Truth is I have no idea if there even is a right answer for that question. But there is one thing I do know for sure: who we are is synonymous with our unique set of values and beliefs that contribute to our personality.

I’ve never been much of a digger in the literal sense (as I know some of my canine brothers are), but my archeological adventure to personal authenticity has led me to do another kind of digging. I dig deep on a daily basis by seeking to find good in all people, places and things with which I come into contact. My daily blogging journey has served as somewhat of a shovel digging toward personal discovery of my authentic self. It’s a dig like no other, and I can’t say I’d change much about what I’ve found.Surfing the world wide web

“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within,” American author and activist Helen Keller encouraged. “It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us that makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.”

It makes me happy to believeΒ in the power of the present in the “present” that is each day I wake. I find joy in the oddest of places, and experience the sincerest form of joy when I share it with others. When I share it with you. Every day I wish I could somehow reach farther, touch more, make a bigger difference all-the-while giving thanks for the people (and pets) all over the world who have helped me along my path to self awareness. It’s safe to say I’ve caught the joy bug and I want to share it with the world. That’s right. I’ve caught the joy bug and I want to share it with all 7 billion people and their however many breeds of four-legged best friends. My tagline is to share joy: from the ground up. What’s yours?

 

16 Responses to “Tag, You’re It!”

  1. You are a cute bundle of Joy Wiley! Woooooowoooooooo! Ku

  2. huntmode Says:

    Wiley, it has been a personal joy to read of your experiences and see the world from your bottom up. You are a good dog! I would say best, but I have my own to report to, a cat AND a dog. They, too, teach from the ground up and I’ve learned much from all of them that have graced my life. Keep up the good work, best bud. HuntMode

    • I understand that I don’t earn top dog status in your world, but being runner up to your beloved cat and dog is pretty darned special to me. Thank you (and them) for being in my life.

  3. Lyn Says:

    You have no trouble sharing the joy, Wiley, you do it everyday. You share it with your forever family and you share it with us – your online invisible family and we love you for it xx

    • I love what you said about my invisible family…except you’re all far from invisible to me. You all hold a special place in my little doggie heart. Thank you for being you. πŸ˜‰

  4. Thanks for sharing the joy bug with me, Wiley ! I think joy is the only thing of the world who will be bigger when we share it !

  5. You live up to your tagline every day, W. My tag line is, “Living with a children’s author isn’t as easy as it looks!” It’s true. Mom is not easy, because she is always teaching me new things, but easy or not, my life sure is FUN! How lucky are we to be right where we belong?!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

    • That is mighty high praise from one who I know brings a great deal of joy into the lives of others. Learning is definitely fun when we have patient teachers like we are blessed to have. You’re right about how lucky we are…truly something to give thanks for every day. πŸ™‚

  6. utesmile Says:

    You have such a big heart. I do know how you feel though, I think I got the bug too, I could hug the whole world sometimes. I am happy and I want to give my love and happiness to everyone else! Wiley let ‘s hug the world together!

  7. My word for the year happens to be JOY!! We must be on the same wave length spiritually. It is my job to spread JOY wherever I go. Be it school or hospital or detention center. It fills me with JOY to see people smiling and laughing. You have a JOYful heart and I enjoy reading your thoughts on life!

    • Indeed we must be on the same wave length! And might I say its a pretty good one to be on, especially amidst good company. πŸ™‚ I feel the same way when I witness the joy of others – that brings me a sincere and honest joy of my own. Shine on pal!

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    It must come from within, not without.

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