Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Reach For the Stars September 6, 2013

I saw a shooting start last night. And I made a wish. But I can’t tell you that or it won’t come true.

I can tell you it was a night to remember. My mom took me along to grandma’s house, which is exciting on its own without the surprise that awaited me. Alas, my aunt was visiting from out of town so that means my usual source of attention (my mom) had just multiplied by three (to include my grandma and my aunt).

When You WishMy cousin Buddy was there too, so we wrestled and chased and engaged in our epic dog staring contests (all of which I reigned victorious). I scored a whole bunch of people food treats, including the residual ice cream from my aunt’s dessert plate. Amidst everything I was busy doing, I noticed the upbeat conversation focused on all things baby. Everything from how mom is feeling to baby name brainstorming was on the table for discussion.

And as much as I enjoyed all of this, the best part came later. The air was cool and quiet as all five of us sat outside and stared at the night sky. The great and powerful “they” say us canines can smell fear. But that’s not the only thing we can sense. In the silence of these precious moments I smelled joy. I could feel it like a cloud hovering like a protective blanket around us.

I’m generally not a noisy dog (other than when I bark protectively at any and every animal on the television – live or animated, canine or reptile), but in that moment I felt an instinctual desire to howl at the moon. Not because I wanted to communicate with other dogs as part of a hunt. Not because I was left outside too long. Rather because I wanted to share the overwhelming sense of joy I had in that moment I saw the shooting star.

I still can’t tell you what I wished for, but I can tell you this much about wishcraft. “The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do,” Sarah Ban Breathnach writes in Simple Abundance. “Don’t just entrust your hopes an wishes to the stars. Today begin learning the craft that will enable you to reach for them.”


13 Responses to “Reach For the Stars”

  1. kiwiskan Says:

    that’s beautiful Wiley

  2. That Sarah is BRILLIANT, Wiles! I love her quotes so much. I am excited for your wish to come true. Mine usually do, if I stare at Mom long enough and hard enough. I’m not sure where you live, but if you’re on the east coast, you might have wished on a NASA rocket.Same thing….. They launched an unmanned device to observe the moon dust last night. It was visible from pretty much the whole east coast. Mom and I wanted to see it, but we accidentally fell asleep.

    Love and licks,

    • Dear Cupcake,
      Indeed I do appreciate that Sarah and all of her wisdom. I think you’re on to something with your methods of making wishes come true. Usually that’s what I do too – God bless our moms for humoring our silliness. 🙂 We are actually in the Midwest so we weren’t aware of the NASA rocket though it would have been pretty cool to see. I too have a bad habit of falling asleep like that sometimes, so I know how you feel.
      Give your mom my best,

  3. May your wish come true Wiley! I cross my paws!

  4. Kuruk Says:

    I hope your wish comes truuuuuwoooowoooooooo!

  5. huntmode Says:

    So, Wyles, do we know? Boy or girl? Boy or girl? Wasn’t the test last Thurday? Sounds like all went well. Mind, I’m in favor of surprises myself….

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

    I aspire to be a dreamer who does.

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