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Joy: From the Ground Up

When Pigs Fly July 25, 2013

When pigs fly is one of those people phrases I don’t particularly care to support. Less is more? Sure. All good things come to those who wait? Definitely. But this pigs flying business is uncalled for if you ask me. The phrase is meant to say something will never happen or (if it does) it is incredibly unlikely.

Well I’ve got news for you. Pigs fly in my dreams all the time. They have little wings and they take naps in the clouds. They’re also animated because I like the way fake pigs smell much more than real pigs, but that’s beside the point. To me the phrase encapsulates a major problem with the way people think about the realm of possibility.

When Dogs Blog

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Albert Einstein, a man known and respected as one of the smartest in history, held imagination in high esteem. “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” he said. “It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Some scientists might argue that imagination is the arch nemesis of knowledge, but Einstein knew better.

Today imagination made reality of some dreams I didn’t even know I had. When I started this blogging journey when pigs fly was equivalent to when dogs blog in my mind. Sure, I want to share my joy with the world, but does the world want to hear it? I asked myself this as I pondered my decision to start blogging, and doubt filled my little doggie heart. But it wasn’t too long before the comments started coming in and the blogosphere became a group of friends I look forward to seeing each day.

Shortly thereafter, I went all out. I opened a Twitter account, and a Facebook account, and a Gmail account. Then I waited. A few of my blog friends have found me on Facebook and some of my Twitter friends have found me in the blog world so I suppose you can say social media is doing its job. But email remained pretty empty so I didn’t check it often. (Checking it to find nothing made me sad, and I generally avoid things that make me sad).

So you can imagine my surprise today when I logged into Gmail and was greeted with 57 emails. It might not sound like a lot to some people, but it’s a lot to a dog. When pigs fly, when dogs blog, and now dogs are emailing. And there they were amidst my correspondence from blog buddies, Twitter pals and Facebook friends: emails from two different service organizations asking if I’d like to partner with them to spread the word about adopting rescue dogs. Would I like to share the word about rescue dogs? That’s like asking if I would like some peanut butter (which is only one of my most favorite things in the whole wide world!)

These partnerships are in the beginning stages, but I can’t help but think of Mr. Einstein’s words about imagination when I contemplate how I got to this point. The way I see it, imagination empowers the realm of possibility. Without it there is only the impossible. Do pigs fly? They sure do. And tonight I am flying right along with them.


19 Responses to “When Pigs Fly”

  1. Kuruk Says:

    Wooooowooooooo Wiley! Partnering with rescue organizations would be so pawesome! But peanut butter…Yuck! Wooooowoooooo, Ku

    • I know! I’m so excited about these opportunities to make even the smallest little difference! Might I say, dear Ku, why do you not like peanut butter? I can’t get enough of it! 🙂

  2. That’s a lot of emails you missed! 😀

  3. Lyn Says:

    Einstein, like C.S. Lewis was a wise man. Pigs might fly, reminds me of one of Lewis’s quotes Aim at Heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither Keep flying with those pigs, dearest Wiley.

  4. Basil Says:

    That’s great news – well done you! Um twitter – why are you not following me? *Stern eyes*

  5. I’m sure pigs can fly – when they will get the cape of superman :o)

  6. Kuruk Says:

    Wise Wiley, I’ve nomated you for an award! http://haikubyku.com/2013/07/26/my-favorite-things-award/
    woooowooooooo! Ku

  7. huntmode Says:

    So pleased for you, Wiley! I cannot picture a better ambassador for rescuing dogs than yourself – well, actually, Ms. Ella the greythound is the Ambassador of greythounds, but her social media skills are still within her four paws, nose and ears and those loving eyes and wagging tail. Congratulations, Wiley! You have earned these kudos – better yet, you are recognized for it! Our best ~ HuntMode, Ella & Elby

    • I’m very excited for these opportunities, and I shall keep your words in my heart as I pursue them. “Within her four paws, nose and ears and those loving eyes and wagging tail,” as you said. That is where our intelligence lies, regardless of our social media skills. In our hearts. 🙂

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