Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

A Loving Heart October 17, 2013

I don’t want to know how I’m going to die. Or when. But I hear there is a new invention that offers a countdown to the last moments of life. It’s called a Tikker. And those on either side of the fence that separates the scientific thinkers from the philosophers can find things to legitimize the idea.

Me? I don’t want to know. There is a certain (in my opinion) less morbid mystery in not knowing the details of our eventual demise. It challenges us to live each day like it could be our last. It keeps things in perspective. It teaches us to live better. And I like that.

But I got to thinking about how I would change my life if I bought into this Tikker idea. If I knew when life would end, what would I change? What exactly would I do differently? And (perhaps most importantly) how would I spend my final moments? I surprised myself today with an answer to all of these questions in a single word: love.

I wouldn’t change a thing about my life or how I live it. I make it my life’s work to find sources of joy from the ground up to share with whomever will take it. I would do the same if my Tikker told me I would die tomorrow. But it gets a lot deeper than that. It has roots running through my soul that have sprouted into this thing called love for my world. I love you world

I wrote of this love tree recently, and today it grew a bit larger in my heart as I contemplated the one thing I would want to tell the world if I knew my moments were numbered. I know what I would say. And in the spirit of living each day like it could be our last, I’m going to just come out and say it.

I love you. Yes, you. Each and every one of you who take the time to spend a few precious moments with me each day. My world is comprised of my forever people, my family and my friends. It includes two-legged friends and four-legged friends, who I know either in person or through the blogosphere. You bring me happiness, love, friendship and joy from the ground up.

A certain sustained level of humility keeps me from believing the Charles Dickens’ idea that “a loving heart is the truest wisdom,” but I know my character benefits greatly from all those I love. And I wouldn’t change a thing about that.

So it’s settled. I don’t want to know how I’m going to die. Or when. But I do want all those I love to know it. Because to me love is life. Why then think about death?


23 Responses to “A Loving Heart”

  1. huntmode Says:

    My, Wyles! You are posting gem after gem! I love this one and wholeheartedly agree. Sending you a whole yard full of love, with fresh grass, soft winds, large leafy trees, and best of all, lots of smells and small animals to chase.

  2. kiwiskan Says:

    absolutely agree

  3. utesmile Says:

    I agree Wiles, we do not want to know how and when we die, good it is not inour hands. Life is now and the most important thing is to tell the people you love that you love them!
    I love you too Wiley, and your family very much. (Oh I get all emotional now.. weep) Sitting in a puddle of love!

  4. I am totally on board with this, Wiles. I wouldn’t change a thing. I love you.

    Love and licks,

  5. Wiley you are loved as well. ♥ Enjoy every precious moment!

  6. I agree, Wiley. Some things should be a secret. Mr. James Dean said:Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. We should do so :o)

  7. Wiley, you look especially handsome tonight!

  8. Sandy Says:

    You make a very good point about a scary thing Wiley – about love being life and then why think about the alternative. I will try to remember that. Thanks for bringing wisdom and love into our lives – love you too, sandy

  9. askfisher Says:

    We love you, Wyley!

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

    It’s never a bad time to pause and say you appreciate someone.

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