Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

A Snow Globe Life December 17, 2013

At first I thought for sure it was the snowflakes. It snowed again yesterday and I found myself in awe of the glittery magic all around me. It was like being in a snow globe. The flakes fell from the sky so peacefully. Once they lay to rest, they create a blanket of sparkling diamonds in my backyard paradise. So I thought maybe if I could collect anything in the world it would be snowflakes.

But today as the snow melted ever so slightly I realized how silly that would be. There are no lasting remnants of the snow after it’s gone. By summertime it’s like it never even existed. That is, until winter rolls around again and brings with it the frozen particles of joy.

So maybe if I could collect anything, I would collect toys. In all of their various shapes, colors and sizes, they are vessels of happiness for me. And, as demonstrated by my impressive skills in the games of pickle in the middle and tug of war, they often bring happiness to my people as well. I refer to my current collection as my comfort circle, which contains about a dozen different characters. But that’s enough to overflow an entire basket in the living room. Maybe that’s enough. Maybe I don’t need more.

ContentmentMaybe I don’t need more. This is not to say anything against collections of things, but I realized today there is strength in accepting what we have been blessed with in life. In being grateful for it. Because ultimately it’s not the things we collect that matter. It’s the details. It’s the moments.

As breathtaking as a fresh snow globe perspective can be, it’s not so much the snowflakes as the joy they bring that I hold close to my heart. Its the moments I share with mom and dad playing around in the aftermath of a big snowstorm. In the extra attention I get when we come inside from playing together and I need to get all cleaned off. In the cuddles we enjoy together to warm up.

The same goes for the toys. It’s not so much about having dozens of characters in my comfort circle as it is about making the moments with the ones I have mean something. And whether it’s just me and Mrs. Prickles, or my people are involved, I am blessed.

Perhaps that’s the bigger lesson I was to take from my observation of my snow globe life yesterday. Sure, the snowflakes are a sight to be seen. And my toys are deeply loved and appreciated. If I could collect anything, it wouldn’t be these things. It would be moments. Because they have something very important in common. Joy. From the ground up, it’s not the things that bring the joy. It’s in the moments joy is present that we truly live.


21 Responses to “A Snow Globe Life”

  1. huntmode Says:

    Oh you did it again, you dear dog! You wrung (rung?) my heart with joy from reading your words. We love you, Wyles! So glad you are of a mind to continue writing after you hit the finish line on the 20th – ONE YEAR OF BLOGGING EVERY DAY! OOORRAAAHHH, Wyles!

  2. Lyn Says:

    You may have a basket full of toys that bring you joy – especially when you share them with your family – dear Wiley, so just imagine how much more joy there will be when the new little person comes along and you can share with him/her as well. I can just see the two of you chasing one another around in a few years 🙂
    P/S I wouldn’t mind betting there will be a new toy under the Christmas tree for you either xx

  3. utesmile Says:

    You did it again for me too! Give me joy to read your post in the morning! What a wonderful way to start the day! Thank you Wiles!

    • I know I say it all the time, but I love this thing called joy. It’s not only contagious, but it’s reciprocal. My random joys bring you joy, and your joy brings me joy, and the whole process starts again. It’s a beautiful thing. 🙂

  4. Collecting moments of joy would be great. Or good memories.
    You’re right Wiley, that’s much better than collecting toys.

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

    Maybe I don’t need more. Now there’s a thought.

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