Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Just Call Me Blessed September 2, 2013

Swell. Good. Great. Peachy. These are all common responses to what I think is likely the most frequently asked conversational question. How are you? As I am a believer in responding to this question with nothing but sincere honesty, I time to time find myself cooking up creative responses in my mind. Super duper. Splendid. Or (again in support of honesty)  crappy.

Perspective has taught me a lot about the power contained in identifying with such words, or putting labels and names on things. Words are powerful tools to begin with, but names take the conversation to another level.

This struck me today as I found myself feeling particularly happy. It is Labor Day in America, which (for some reason I don’t fully understand) means my people stayed home from that place called work. I’ve never been shy about my love for the weekends, so I suppose it’s not too far a stretch that a three-day weekend is in a land of happiness all its own. Especially since they spent the majority of the day with me at home.

In turn, I enjoyed an unordinary amount of time lounging outside (where I do some of my best thinking). Today as I contemplated these words with which we identify, I searched my memory for something and came up blank. Before I was Wiley (and briefly Zorro), I didn’t have a name. I was just another dog living out my life on the streets. Characters I came across while I was nameless either had given names I picked up or names I assigned them.Peaceful Gratitude

Like Tiger, the lab mix I once misjudged as manipulative and catty because he had a sneaky selfish way about him. It turned out Tiger was sly because he had to be. He was always stealing the best scraps before I could get to them because he was feeding his puppies, not because he was vindictive. But in addition to mystery, tigers are known for their strength and Tiger was one of the strongest dogs I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.

His name (the name I assigned him) was true to who he was. And I would say mine is true to who I am as well, though I know another name would not change my identity. So today as I let the breeze sweep over me and took in all the delicious smells of the neighborhood, I developed a new name for myself.

How am I? I’m blessed. Who am I? Just call me blessed. My days are not always perfect, but this simple truth remains. From the moment I wake to the moment my head hits the proverbial hay I am grateful to be alive. I am, indeed, blessed.


33 Responses to “Just Call Me Blessed”

  1. huntmode Says:

    And, I am blessed to be the first to comment! Wyles, you have exactly expressed my feelings today. Copy that, Ten Four, Blessed 1. Blessed 2 a/k/a HuntMode out …. and counting blessings. Grin.

  2. Kuruk Says:

    You are Blessed Wiley! So Blessed Mama gave you a big kiss on the computer screen! Wooooowooooooo, Ku

  3. Just call your picture adorable, too…:)

  4. seeker Says:

    Blessed are you for the poor in spirits, will see the glory of God.

  5. Have a blessed day, Wiley. Pawkisses 🙂

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  7. Not only are you blessed, Wiley, but so are your people who got to spend an extra day at home with you! You are so adorable! My dog Brownie would agree with you completely! I wrote a little about her on my blog piece called Springtime Blues where there is a picture of her! She used to get walked every day until I couldn’t go any more. So now she just gets to play ball in the house. I know she misses our walks.

    • Hello friend,
      Thank you so very much for your kind words, as well as for the reblog. My goal to share joy with the world is one step closer to being reality when people share my thoughts with their family and friends. I greatly appreciate it. I did visit your blog and was honored to “meet” Brownie. She seems like a sweetie. And (take it from me) she loves her playtime in the house too. 🙂
      Lots of love to you both,

  8. Reblogged this on Patsy's Creative Corner and commented:
    This is a great read! I love you, Wiley!

  9. Maria Falvey Says:

    You are a wise dog!

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

    A dog by any other name…

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