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Joy: From the Ground Up

Joy: A Daily Dose December 5, 2013

Peanut butter, salami, bacon, ice cream and yogurt. I’m pretty sure these things would all be in the bag I would pack if I every was to head off to a deserted island (along with my forever people and Mrs. Prickles obviously). So it makes sense to me why people have employed these guilty pleasures to entice dogs into taking medicine. A spoonful of peanut butter definitely makes the medicine go down.Ready for my vitamin

I love these foods as much as the next canine, but I’ve never needed any such bait attached to my pills. If it hits the floor I’ll eat it. I’ve learned in life not to be choosy with such things. Instead, I eagerly look forward to my doggie vitamin each day. Every night before bedtime is when mom usually gives me my vitamin treat, which is apparently supposed to help me have stronger bones. I don’t know if it does any good (I certainly don’t feel any different), but smells fabulously stinky and tastes like chalky meat. I certainly don’t need it to be smothered with peanut butter to know what’s good for me.

Neither does joy, I realized tonight. It doesn’t need to be salami coated. It doesn’t have to come in pretty packages with bows. It doesn’t have to cost a dime. It’s completely and 100% free. It’s just up to you to take it, to find it in each day, just as you would with a multivitamin. And (just like with the vitamin) you might not even know if it’s working at first. But it is.

If you don’t believe me, perhaps you will believe the words of Helen Keller, whose blindness never kept her from finding her daily dose of joy. “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world,” she said. “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

Not every day will be filled with joy. We will struggle. We will meet challenges. We will experience loss that affects us to our core. But on these days even the smallest dose of joy can make all the difference. Even if it’s not obvious (or better yet, covered in bacon), it feeds our soul in a way no multivitamin can.


29 Responses to “Joy: A Daily Dose”

  1. Kuruk Says:

    Yumwumwum Bacon! Almost as good as joy! Wooooowooooo!

  2. huntmode Says:

    Dearest Wyles, one of my “favorite” exercises is when trouble hits or has hit is to try to determine what I’m learning from it – what is its purpose in my life. Takes you down and up and around some curious roads. Best ~ HuntMode

  3. writetowag Says:

    Trev would agree wholeheartedly about the peanut butter!!!! Hugs and love to you and your mom…Getting so excited…not too much longer now to meet that precious angel!!!!

    • Trev’s certainly got good taste! And apparently there is something around five weeks left on the baby countdown…mom keeps saying it’s so close and so far away at the same time, which doesn’t make much sense when you say it. I think I know what she means though because I can’t wait already!!!

      • writetowag Says:

        Oh Wiles, you have no idea the joy, awe and wonder that awaits you!!!! So very excited for you and your momma, oh the joy of a baby…The baby will be here in a blink, but I know it seems like forever getting here…If your mom is anything like me in the final trimester…Having a foot massage is heavenly…Warm those paws up and give her a pampering treat…although I’m sure it will tickle more than anything with your sweet paws!!!! Many hugs dear ones!!!!

      • It does feel like forever…then I stop and remember how quickly five weeks can fly by! Especially with these holidays and all the people and parties they involve. So much joy to be thankful for right now! Thank you, as always, for your care and love.
        Lots of love to you,

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  5. kiwiskan Says:

    even bitter pills can be swallowed if they are coated with love. Thanks for your wisdom

  6. utesmile Says:

    So true Wiles, have you had your daily joy today? I sure hope so ( without peanutbutter) 🙂

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  8. Nikitaland Says:

    Wiley, once again you ooooze wisdom. I have always believed too that it is the little things in life that matter the most. Heck, if I got a brand new colored Sharpie Marker, it would make my day!

  9. We try to see the silver lining even in bad things, but sometimes that is difficult and we need a lot of salami and ice cream and love for our stomach and our soul :o)

  10. That Helen Keller is pretty smart. She’s like Mom’s friend Dave. No sight, great vision!

    Love and licks and joy,

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    It’s completely and 100% free.

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