Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

The Board of Life July 17, 2013

Personalities. Inside or outside, that’s the first thing I want to explore when I’m faced with an exciting new environment. My nose doesn’t always allow this to happen until after I have also run a perimeter check, marked some territory, and sniffed some butts (if there are other animals involved), but that doesn’t change what’s in my heart.

I realized it today when mom took me to a new dog park. It was a lot farther car ride (let’s face it, I didn’t mind that one bit) and when we got there I knew I had something pretty spectacular waiting for me inside that fence. Sure enough, there were all kinds of new smells, new dogs, and new people all just waiting for me to arrive. As I ventured around the novel space, my mind wandered to the characters I have been fortunate to meet in the various dog parks, homes, shelters, and streets I’ve had the pleasure to explore over the years.

Deep in Thought

I’ve come to think of these characters, these personalities, as those who make up my board of life. Influencers, decision-makers, and simple lovers of the present of presence make up my own personal board of directors With age and experience, the council grows and I understand more about who I am and what my purpose in life really is because of these people.

Granted, we all have characters we would probably prefer not to have met. The man with the leather belt probably tops that list for me. But even these weaker links are still very often links to something special. Without the man with the leather belt coming into my life, I would never have met Jo, a child who taught me by example what it meant to love someone unconditionally.

Rusty comes to mind as well as a major influence on my decision to embrace the good in all people, places and things. My time with my birth mom and brothers, albeit far too brief, taught me the meaning of family. Katie from the humane society, who took extra time to play with me and make me feel loved when I had never felt more lonely. She showed me the impact of compassion. And my forever mom and dad share a seat at the head of the things, bringing me into a home where I get to exercise all of these emotional lessons I’ve picked up along the way.

I didn’t come across any new board members on my journey through the new dog park today. But I did enjoy meeting the new people and dogs and getting to know their unique personalities. In doing so I realized the powers that be only shared part of the picture when they claimed everything happens for a reason. We all know that part of the story. I fear too often we forget everyone happens for a reason too.


13 Responses to “The Board of Life”

  1. angloswiss Says:

    The idea of a dog park is quite good. Ok my felines say please no cat park, but they have other problems, something to do with territory.. Is this something sort of American? I have never heard of or seen a dog park in Europe.

    • I guess dog parks must be something American….I didn’t realize it until you and a couple other people mentioned it! From what I understand though – cats can make a park for themselves anywhere. They’re creative little creatures. 🙂

  2. alfiethepap Says:

    There are little fenced of areas for dogs in the UK but nothing specifically for dogs. It would be nice to have a dog park and a safe place to swim! (I love this dogs fuzzy chin by the way :))

    • I had no idea dog parks were an American thing. That’s sad news, but hopefully your people take you with them to people parks where you can play and swim instead. 🙂

  3. Lyn Says:

    Wiley, you’ve met so many wonderful four-footed friends that you’ve shared stories about. You are such a wise and compassionate pup. Here’s one special friend I think you would really love. You may already know about her http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSB9aBMayxU

  4. basil Says:

    That’s one thing that typist always tries to remember!

  5. pugmantis Says:

    Beautiful and thoughtful, Wiley. Thank you!

  6. huntmode Says:

    Wiley, when I first moved to the Pacific Northwest, I was startled to find patterns in the new friends I would meet. Almost like your own particular play requires a specific cast of characters even when playing out of town. Fascinating thought. HuntMode

    • Your mention of a play requiring a cast of characters even when they’re playing out of town completely summarizes my thoughts on the importance of the board of life. We are as good as what is in our hearts and my heart is full of love for those who have influenced my path. Thank you for your words, as always!

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

    Who would be on your board of life?

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