Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Letter From A Friend – Guest Blog December 5, 2013

Filed under: Man's Best Friend — Wiley Schmidt @ 8:39 pm
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Deep ThinkingI had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started this blog. I just jumped in and started swimming (which is a big accomplishment for a dog). I know I’ve said it before, but I there is one thing in particular I wasn’t expecting when I started blogging all those months ago. The friendships. I had no idea how wonderful it would be to find a new family in this WordPress blogosphere, and yet that is what I’ve developed. Thank you all for being part of that for me.

In celebration of this, I wanted to share a guest blog I received a while back from my dear friend Ku from over at Haiku by Ku. In response to my request for a blog on Ku’s perspective on joy from the ground up: 


My dear buddy Wiley,

Having friends like you brings me joy. There are so many things in life that bring me joy, but what really brings me joy from the ground up is life! All the little things, all those little threads of joy that make life life all spring from the same deep root of life itself.
Life is filled with all sorts of things that make us smile, and frown, and laugh, and cry, and sing, and pout. But through the course of my puppyhood in the puppy mill, my rescue and healing journey, and now with my Mama and my new pack I have learned that all those things, all my experiences, both good and bad, are all a part of life. Without pain, there is no pleasure. Without fear, there is no love. Without suffering, there is no compassion. These are two sides of the same coin, the coin of life.
As the poet Kahlil Gilbran said, “The deeper that sorrow carves into my heart, the more joy it can contain.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. Though I am sure I would have been a sweet pup, had I not experienced the hunger, horror, and suffering during my first year of life, I do not think my heart would have the same capacity to hold and to allow to take root the eternal joy that is life itself!
Indeed, dear Ku, that is joy from the ground up. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. More importantly, thank you for being one of many of the friends who have become family over the last year.
For more by Ku, please check out his book to help support animal rescue,  as well as the other works of art listed below.
Through the Peacock’s Eyes, Insights for Spiritual Living

19 Responses to “Letter From A Friend – Guest Blog”

  1. Kuruk Says:

    Oh Wiley, thank youwooowoooooo for posting by guest post! I will work on a haiku fur youwoowooo right now! Take care of your mom and little person! xoxoxoxo, Ku

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  3. huntmode Says:

    Two posts in one day! High paws to Ku and you, Wiley! Ku, one of the nicest appreciation letters I’ve read in a while. Soft smile. ~ HuntMode

    • I can’t lie – Ku was nice enough to send this to me a while back and I realized the other day I had it on hold for far too long for no good reason. It was a pleasure to share. 🙂

  4. Nikitaland Says:

    What a beautiful post! I agree that the friendships that I have made here on WordPress are priceless. 🙂 Thank you to everyone who has put a smile on my face this year! I appreciate your friendship & kindness a great deal.

  5. That’s a wonderful letter, think KU is a wise doggy. “The deeper that sorrow carves into my heart, the more joy it can contain.” that’s so true and may it help those who have sorrows today.

  6. Judy & C.A.T.S. Says:

    Hi Wiley, it’s nice to meet you. You are a very handsome doggie. Itz so much fun to meet new friends. We hope you like Cat friends too. We luv Ku he is such a smart doggie. Love Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S)

    • Well hello, Judy and C.A.T.S.! Welcome to joy from the ground up! I too love meeting new friends, and yes, that includes ones of the feline variety. Check out my post called “Penny for your thoughts” for more on that. 😉
      Lots of love…please come back and visit me again soon!

  7. Andrea Says:

    What a great post. You go Ku! 😀

  8. Oh I just love Ku. He is talented and wise! I popped over from his blog…it’s so very nice to meet you.

  9. We love Ku and the book about his rescue. So fun!

    Love and licks,

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