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Joy: From the Ground Up

More or Less August 12, 2013

I don’t think dogs are wired to understand the people concept that less is more. I’m sure I don’t speak for all of us, but I certainly don’t leave spare kibbles in my bowl. Not a single scrap of people food hits the floor that I don’t scoop up. One toy is just never enough. But I suppose this all makes sense because we live with our whole honest selves. We wear our hearts on our proverbial sleeves. And we love with all our hearts.

2013-06-28 21.17.47I was reminded of this today when I heard a familiar phrase on television. “Amateurs built the ark; experts built the Titanic.” I’m not certain of the origin of this philosophical commentary, but I’m drawn to it for obvious reasons. Not only does it challenge us to try something new, to challenge conventional wisdom, but it aligns with another truth I hold dear about judging a book by its cover.

Don’t do it. Easy as that.

It is in contradictions such as these that I find myself pondering things on a more philosophical level. In general more is more to me, yet I believe in extracting joy from the simple things in life. I believe in giving that book with a seemingly boring cover a read simply out of principal. I believe in second chances. These are not declarations of someone who doesn’t understand how less can possibly be more.

Maybe that’s the amateur in me. It’s the same part of me that can’t leave any food and prefers the company of all my entire comfort circle of toys rather than a simple representation. But just because I don’t understand something doesn’t mean I push an idea aside. Quite the opposite, in fact, to the point that I want to learn something from everything. I would much rather build something on faith and understanding than on vanity and luxury anyway.

So perhaps I’ve been going about this whole less is more concept the wrong way. It’s not one way or the highway. When we love with our whole selves, down to our core, whether we have more or less of something doesn’t matter.


10 Responses to “More or Less”

  1. Kuruk Says:

    You are so wise Wiley! Woooowoooooooos tooyooowooowooo! Ku
    p.s. Mama has been sicky so she hasn’t been able to help me write what gives me Joy from the ground up yet (she hadn’t really been able to rest either), so I am perfecting it in my head until then! 🙂

    • Aw, thank you dear Ku! That always means a lot coming from someone as wise as yourself. 🙂
      Ps—please tell your Mama to focus on getting better. Please tell her not to fret about the guest post until she’s feeling better. And finally, please do as only us doggies can do to nurse her back to health. 🙂

  2. djmatticus Says:

    “When we love with our whole selves, down to our core, whether we have more or less of something doesn’t matter.” – This is a fantastic idea – more of us should live by this.

  3. huntmode Says:

    Oh, Wyles – it’s the nature of love – you get far more out of loving than what you put in. (Ssh! That might be a secret or something)

    • Dear HuntMode,
      I think you’re right about this theory being a secret, though I can’t understand why. I love giving far more than getting anyway…I think that’s just how some people (and doggies) are built. 🙂
      Lots of love,

  4. PigLove Says:

    WOW. That is so very deep Wiley. It’s a lovely way to think and live life. Great philosophy. Thank you my friend. XOXO – Bacon

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

    It’s a cliche I can never seem to wrap my doggie mind around.

  6. Lyn Says:

    How did I miss this post first time around? Sometimes “less is more” works for me. Like, less pain and more movement, less diet and more dessert 😀

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