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Joy: From the Ground Up

Standing In A Moment September 27, 2013

There’s this thing about dogs. New breeds continue to emerge on a daily basis, both of the mutt and purebred variety. Some have pointy ears. Others have fluffy tails. Others weigh more than some humans. But underneath it all, we all have a few things in common. Most of us like to play. A lot of us have a crazy obsession with smelling whatever we can get our nose into. And the majority of us don’t always know what’s in our best interest. Beyond that, there are a couple of things that unite us all – including (but not limited to) our perception of time. Big Time Thinking

It’s kind of hard to explain in a context other than a story like what happened to me this week. My people left me at Grandma’s house with my cousin Buddy on Wednesday. I didn’t know how long I would be there, and at first I was downright miserable. That is, until Buddy’s contagious joy struck a cord with my little doggie heart. We chased around the house and I got lost in the moment with my friend and our silliness. In that moment, I decided to live it up at Grandma’s house. Why not?

It wasn’t long before my heart reminded me why not. Time. It’s a dog’s best and worst friend. I love it when it’s on my side, and despise it when it’s not. (I suppose this can’t be that different than the human perspective on the matter). Why is it that time seems to slow to a complete halt when we’re anxious or looking forward to something? And then when it happens it happens in the blink of an eye?

That was today for me. This morning Grandma kept teasing me about how my people were coming home today. One might think this made the day fly by as I waited for their return. Not so much. I paced. I whined. I sat and stared at Grandma. Where are they? Didn’t you say they’d be back soon? I asked her these things silently, hoping she could somehow read my mind and tell me not to worry. Time. My worst friend. I waited and waited and finally, it was time. Grandma had me outside when they arrived and I couldn’t contain my excitement. I showered them with doggie hugs and kisses. Time. My best friend.

“Time is the coin of your life,” suggested American poet Carl Sandburg. “It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.”

There’s this thing about dogs. We’re playful. We like to smell anything and everything. We don’t always know what’s good for us. But above all we love people. Much of our coins are spent loving people. Case and point: I love Grandma. Even though she told on me to my people about my whining by the door after they left the other day. And therein lies the one thing that (above all) ties all canines together regardless of our differences in appearance and personality. Sure, we all have a similar perception of time. But beyond that we love people. People are our universe. And our people — my forever people — they are the world.


21 Responses to “Standing In A Moment”

  1. Waiting for them to come home is torture! Woo!

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  3. Maria Falvey Says:

    Waiting is a test – for sure and you’re absolutely right, when the time finally arrives, it’s gone in a blink of the eye. However, I think dogs do the best job at living in the moment. There’s a lot to learn from a dog.

  4. Wise words, Wiley. We wait, because they are our world. And if they are back and we are together, our world is complete again. Max Frisch said: Time does not change us, it just unfolds us.

  5. Time! It’s such an enigma. I’m so happy to see my Mom whether she’s gone all day or just taking out the garbage. It’s all just as exciting to me. I’m happy your parents are home and that you made the best of your Grandma/Buddy time. It’s all time well spent. xoxo

    Love and licks,

    • You’re absolutely right about this dear Cupcake. I too share enthusiasm even when my people come back from taking out the garbage. It really is the simple things that bring these moments in time to life.
      Lots of love,

  6. askfisher Says:

    I just love your writing, Wiley!

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  9. huntmode Says:

    Ella does the exact same thing, Wyles! She’s so excited to go out and in and out again. We visited her foster Mama at 3:00 several times in a row and now, every day, at 3:00, Ella jumps up, does that soft whine and then stands off and barks sharply at me – “Can you not see the time?!” When I leave whether it be for a minute or hours, she greets me like I’ve been to Timbuktu and back – hiking in the dangerous Himalayas and made it home safe and sound. Such a loving welcome! We are blessed in one another. Elby That Cat is always way more cool, but right there with Ella at the door to be sure I am still me. Grin.

    • Time in a dog’s life is definitely a complexity. But no fragment of time is complete without our people. That is why Ella acts that way too…I think sometimes people could take a page from this book…taking a few moments to welcome a loved one home is such a small thing but it sure shows a lot of heart. 😉

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

    All about my love/hate relationship with time.

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