Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Foutain of Youth October 23, 2013

You’re tired. You’re sick. Or you just plain don’t feel like doing something. It happens all the time. So how do you stay motivated? I know everyone has their own strategy, but they all have the same underlying foundation. Big girl panties.

From what I understand, the people phrase about putting on big girl panties can apply to both men and women. And it used to confuse me. Until today. Today I saw the value in finding that inner source of energy and embracing it in a time when you least feel like doing so.

It's Free!While I am happy to report my aunt Morgan has moved back to the area from the home of my favorite football team (the Green Bay Packers), exhaustion is the first word that comes to mind tonight. I felt it just being around my forever family and I didn’t lift a paw. Moving is a lot of work (at least from what I can tell). And it’s not usually fun. But it can be. And it was for my forever family (and dad’s friend Chris) tonight.

I watched it all unfold from my comfortable perch on the living room couch, all the while observing the most interesting dynamic. Everyone was tired – no one felt like unloading boxes, moving couches, or assembling bed frames – but the group collectively put on their big girl panties got the job done. And the best part? There they were, this group of adults, laughing like children while they worked.

I found this incredibly ironic since most adults I know fondly recall the time when nap time was a real thing, money grew on trees and there wasn’t a care in the world. At the time, they couldn’t grow up fast enough. Now they wish to reverse the clock and get some of these ultimate simplicities back.

Well, I’ve got a secret. They can. And so can you. Because I figured something out about joy today. Sure it’s free, but that doesn’t mean everyone knows where to shop. The fountain of youth is inside you in all things that bring you joy. You just need to know where to find it. And once you do, it will make the whole big girl panty routine a lot easier.


19 Responses to “Foutain of Youth”

  1. huntmode Says:

    Mr. Wyles, look at you collecting skills sets to teach that young brother/sister coming in January! There is a spirit of camaraderie when moving. I can say that with authority as I have moved 45 times. Grin.

  2. Wiley, how can you be cute and wise and smart, all at once? I’m amazed! Thank you for enlightening us on the fountain of youth. This really is a wonderful post! Lauren and Copper xx

    • Lauren! How nice of you to bring Copper with you to my blog! Thank you! πŸ™‚ Also, I’m pretty sure your comment about being all of those things made my day. Thank you. I look forward to seeing more of you in the blog world!
      Lots of love,

  3. Kev Says:

    Now, where did I put those panties? πŸ˜‰

  4. utesmile Says:

    Thank you Wiley for my morning read! I needed to hear your message today, it really helped me! Love you!

  5. So true, W. Laughter makes even the most exhausting jobs fun. Mom’s friends bring laughter to her. And so do I.

    Love and licks,

  6. That’s what I told my mom too. But this girl tried the water of the fountain of youth at Merlins forest instead. She only got belly aches but no youth. I was right :o)

  7. Thank you for another nugget of wisdom, Wiley. You are so inspiring! πŸ™‚

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

    I sense a theme in today’s posts.

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