Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Recharging Life December 16, 2013

Momma said there’d be days like this. Well, not my momma. But apparently this is a message moms everywhere chose to communicate to whomever will listen. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how proudly we optimists wear our rose-colored glasses. It doesn’t matter that we chose to see the good in all people, places and things. Because ultimately we can’t always control when the battery runs out.Recharging My Battery

Literally. That is how my beloved people began their Monday. The battery went out on one of the cars, which made them both late for work. There was no turning back from there. I don’t know what happens to either of them when they are away, but I know what happens when they return. And on a rare occasion like today, I can’t say I care for it.

Clearly they both had very little emotional battery left upon their return this evening. I don’t think it’s a coincidence either. The car, which (at least in my humble doggie opinion) normally functions as a mode of transportation to various sources of joy instead gave them grief. When money is already tight. And temperatures are bitterly frigid.

That’s the thing about days like today. Most times you don’t see them coming. But that’s not such a bad thing, because the tides can turn just as quickly in the other direction. It’s not always easy, but it certainly didn’t take much today. My people were sad. Tired. Disgruntled.

So I did what I do best. I engaged in a game of pickle in the middle with my newest addition to my comfort circle cast of characters. Mr. Squirrel is floppy, unlike the majority of my other toys, and he did just the trick. It started with dad. We played tug of war on the living room floor. Laughter followed smiles. Then it caught on with mom. Joy. From the ground up. It’s a pretty effective way of recharging one’s emotional batteries, that much is for sure.

Dad swapped out the battery for a new one. I swapped out the negative energy in our house for the positive. Maybe that’s why my momma never said there’d be days like this. Just because we can’t control when or how the battery runs out doesn’t mean we don’t have the power and strength within us to recharge.


28 Responses to “Recharging Life”

  1. Great idea. I think we all need an emotional recharge

  2. huntmode Says:

    So glad it worked out, Wyles! Good it happened now rather than the night your Mom needs to go to the hospital for that beautiful baby! πŸ™‚

  3. utesmile Says:

    You are such a joy to have, and you can turn their bad day into a positive day with your love and play tactics. Unfortunately there are things beyond our control and us humans have to deal with it. It is hard when it affects the whole day. Then we all need a Wiley to cheer us up again. Glad the battery is replaced and the Schmidt household is back to normal.
    You are a great joy giver! Keep on giving joy to your family and us readers! Love you Wiles!

    • You’re right about those darned things being out of our control…but if there’s one thing I know for sure it is what I can control. Joy, from the ground up. It’s my specialty. πŸ™‚
      Thank you for your kind words, and for your love. You know I’m going to hit my goal of 365 days of consistent blogging on December 21? I was going to leave it there, but I don’t think I can. I’m involved now. πŸ™‚
      Lots of love,

      • huntmode Says:

        H O O R A Y!!! WYLES IS GOING TO KEEP ON GOING!!!! YES! YES! YES! HuntMode, Ella, the Greythound, and Elby, That Cat!

      • πŸ™‚ Wyles will do his best. πŸ˜‰

      • huntmode Says:

        Bien sur! Wiley, my friend!

      • utesmile Says:

        Oh really? that is in 2 days. 😦 Well if you do stop I will have to start on your first post again and read them through one a day again!
        Even if you have less time, I do believe when your little person is here, you could occasionally post something so we hear from you. You have grown into many hearts Wiley and made many people happy , thinking and maybe even changing.
        I would miss you terribly!
        Much love! Ute

      • Indeed, that is in two days! I can hardly believe it. My paws aren’t even tired. My mind certainly is, but my heart is willing so that’s what matters. πŸ™‚ I’ve decided to do my best to keep on keeping on. I’d still love it if you started from the beginning, though…there’s a lot of good thoughts back all that time ago that didn’t see nearly the same readership as there is now.
        Lots of love,

  4. Basil Says:

    I can understand why you had such a positive effect!

  5. I’m so glad you swapped out all negative energy, that’s the best what you can do and only anipals can do that this way. I agree with you, the timing when things like this happen is always bad.

  6. I think everyone should have a Wiley to cheer them up after a bad day!

  7. fredrieka Says:

    Nothing like good old antics to get mom and dad recharged they think I am a goof on a daily basis

  8. You done good, Wiles. You know the old saying, “If your battery fails 25 times, recharge it 26 times.” That’s not really an old saying, but it should be! Love you, you little pickle.

    Love and licks,

  9. Lyn Says:

    That’s great that you were able to cheer your forever people up when they came home from work with a black cloud hanging over them. I’m glad they decided to get a new battery – even though they aren’t cheap – it would be terrible for them to be stuck on the road when it’s time to go to the hospital when your new little person is due. That would be a disaster!

    • Dear Lyn,
      You’re on to something with that whole new battery idea…that would be the worst if they needed to get to the hospital and that would have happened. We are blessed it happened when it did to allow time to prepare and make adjustments. God works in mysterious ways. πŸ™‚
      Lots of love,

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