Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

The Night Before January 15, 2014

It’s different for everyone. I’m sure white sandy beaches, picturesque mountaintops and bubbling waterfalls are among the most common though. The happy place. My understanding is its a place people go in their heads when the environment around them is…well…less than happy.

I don’t really have a need for such an imaginary place because I can’t say I ever really experience less than happiness in my forever home. Joy. From the ground up, that’s my way of life.

The same can’t always be said for my people, who I know experience a fair share of emotional ups and downs. I can’t figure out where dad’s happy place is, but I know mom’s is that spa place she goes every now and then. She loves it there. And I love when she’s happy and hate when she’s sad, so that means I love it there too. (Even though it’s a no-dogs-allowed kind of joint).Happy

All of this was turned on its axis a couple of weeks ago. It was the night before mom and dad went to that place called the hospital to get baby Carter. I sensed something was up. (Us canines have a sixth sense about these things.) But that didn’t distract me from the love fest mom and I had that night. That’s what I call it when a person spends an abnormal amount of time petting me and telling me how loved I am. It’s one of my favorite things.

Something happened during my love fest that night that never happened before. When I closed my eyes, I went to an unhappy place. I can’t explain it. There I was, with dad and baby Carter. But no mom. She didn’t come back from the place called the hospital. I waited and waited. But she never came back. It was terrible.

You can imagine my relief when I opened my eyes and there she was. Alive and well. But when she left for that place called the hospital I went back to that unhappy place in my head. I worried the entire time she was gone. What if she didn’t come back?

As is usually the case, all the worrying was for naught. She did come back and brought with her the best little present named Carter. AndĀ I realized something in those precious moments upon their arrival home that day. Not only did everything go just as I had hoped, but I know now why us canines don’t need a happy place. It’s different for everyone. For me, it’s not a white sandy beach or picturesque mountaintop. It’sĀ a state of mind. It’s a way of life. Therein lies the answer. Life is my happy place.


27 Responses to “The Night Before”

  1. Yes, W.! As always you nailed it. Every minute, everyplace with our family is a happy place.

    Love and licks,

  2. huntmode Says:

    Wyles, I am so glad your worries did not come true – that must have been a long wait for you, m’dear. This explains why even Carter Joseph’s crying and everybody pacing the floor hasn’t worn you down – Mom, Dad and da baby Carter – all the important people are in place. Love you, Wyles. ~ HuntMode

    • I know. These fears I have sometimes are downright scary. I think it’s that whole fear-to-purpose battle that can take over sometimes. We always need to bring our fears to purpose, and mine is protective my family and loving them with all of my heart every day because we never do know when it could be our last. It sounds morbid, but I do love that James Dean and his words. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” He sure was wise with that one.
      Lots of love,

  3. utesmile Says:

    Reading this…I do love a sandy white beach with palm trees (my dream) but you made it so clear that I don’t really need it as I am happy here where I am , living my life. Being grateful for what I have here. I am happy and everything else I get and experience is a bonus happiness and joy. Wiles you are amazing! Thanks for this thought in the morning it made my day and I will have a great one thanks to you!
    Wishing you a magical day!

    • I know I’ve said so before, but it absolutely makes my day when someone so dear tells me I’ve made theirs even the slightest bit better. High paw to you and your happiness and joy, dear friend!
      Lots of love,

  4. Geraldine Says:

    now that’s a REAL smile! šŸ˜‰ I love you Wiley.

  5. I wish I had an ounce of your optimism!

  6. Nikitaland Says:

    Oh Wiley, that is why I always say that “it’s the little things in life that matter the most”! We haven’t won the lottery yet, but we make the most of what we have and always include love & fun and special moments in our day to make them special. Enjoy life!

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  8. Lyn Says:

    Oh Wiles, I’m so glad your “dream” didn’t come true. That would be too awful to even think about. You’re too much of a wonderful family to ever break up xxx

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