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Joy: From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up October 28, 2013

Scientists claim us canines can understand somewhere between 100 and 200 people words. I say that’s hogwash. What these calculations can’t account for is our keen awareness of human emotion, which so frequently is hard to encapsulate into a word.Gaining Perspective

Treat. Outside. Dog park. These are words a dog comes to know. Sit, lay down, roll over. These are tricks of the canine trade. But love, faith, forgiveness and loyalty? These are words to live by. In a constantly evolving language, these words remain steadfast.

I have never been a big supporter of the “less is more” philosophy, but perhaps there is some insight to be gained from it in the case of conversation. Sometimes less really is more, given the understanding is there to aid in translation. My favorite Lebanese thinker Khalil Gibran challenged that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

I know mine certainly wouldn’t be treats, outside, dog park, sit, laydown and rollover. Mine would be the foundations from which all other language could be understood. Forgiveness. Compassion. Loyalty. Love. Laughter. Faith. Joy. From the ground up, these would be my seven words of choice because these are words us canines know inside and out.

We don’t hold grudges. We know when to be still and listen. We pause (in all our overwhelmed excitement) to welcome our loved ones home whether they’ve been gone five minutes or five days. We love unconditionally – and find creative ways to show it. We know how to bring fun to the party. We know who we are – and embrace it. We have faith in ourselves, which enables us to have faith in others. And, through it all, we know how to bring the light of joy into the darkest of situations.

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life,” Gibran suggested, “not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”

Scientists have their theories. And maybe they’re right. But they didn’t account for the unique perspective we canines bring to human emotion. Literally and figuratively, there’s this thing about the attitude I chose to bring to life. When you see life from the ground up as I do, you are already on the ground. Regardless of how you got there, you are at ground zero. And there is no where to go but up.


19 Responses to “From the Ground Up”

  1. huntmode Says:

    Brilliant, Wyles! You took that question and turned it right side up whether from the ground up or flying through the air.

  2. Lyn Says:

    When ever I think about a dog’s loyalty, I’m reminded of Greyfriers Bobby πŸ™‚
    Wonderful post Wiles.

    • Dear Lyn,
      That story is one for the record books for sure. It makes my mom tear up (which is a lot easier than usual right now). πŸ™‚
      Thank you for your words,

  3. Nailed it, W. We’ve seen lots of bloggy friends talking about their 7 words. They’re all very sweet and insightful and inspiring. But every time I try to formulate mine, they turn into Pizza, Cookies, Cuddles, Outside, WantSome, Treats, and Dinner. I want to be you when I grow up!

    Love and licks,

  4. I like your 7 words, Wiley. Wish we could add #8: food :o) Yesterday I saw a talking dog at youtube. he said only one word (Weimaraner), but that was a good step in the right direction :o)

    • Dear brother,
      You’re right about adding food…I was going to say I could add it under gratitude, which is a word I also forgot. Huh. What to do? Thank goodness my food isn’t dependent on my blog, hey? πŸ™‚ I think I’ve seen that video of the talking dog – definitely a step in the right direction! πŸ™‚
      Lots of love,

  5. huntmode Says:

    I am just grateful we are NOT limited to seven. Ssh – how could we blog!

  6. A very thoughtful blog post, and a very good one. Seven words? A tough one – but a good way to focus in and down in the things mater matter,

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

    What would your seven words be?

  9. kanzensakura Says:

    I have always felt animals spoke a unique language of their own that many times, transcends our human speech. The only word I would add to your seven is the word gratitude, which you spoke of. But then, gratitude often includes love, joy, compassion….a big word and an important one. Excellent post Wiley. I would also add the faithful Japanese dog, Hachiko to Greyfriars Bobby.

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