Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Leaving A Legacy February 16, 2014

I don’t have money. Or property in Hawaii. Or antiques. When it comes to possessions, all I really have is my comfort circle (otherwise known as my toy collection), my food, and some treats. And the fur on my back. That’s about it.

I don’t know if it’s the recent arrival of my dear little person. Or maybe the fact that my sixth birthday is rapidly approaching. But lately this is all I can think about. Legacy. What is mine worth? I know this is how wealth management professionals make a living, advising people on financial plans for the future and beyond. But I’m pretty sure there aren’t many doggie financial advisors out there.Legacy Looks Like This

And maybe it’s better that way. This occurred to me yesterday morning as I shared a very special moment with my forever family. We were gathered together in the bedroom, all five of us, when it happened. The sun was shining through the windows but that’s not where the warmth in the room was coming from. Not for me at least. My heart was glowing with the sincerest of joys as snuggled up to baby Carter, who was snuggled up to dad, who was holding hands with mom. I realized exactly what my legacy will look like in those moments.

It’s not that much unlike American songstress Tina Turner who said “my legacy is that I stayed on course…from the beginning to the end, because I believed in something inside of me.”

I don’t have money or property or anything of monetary value. I bet even if I tried to sell the beloved members of my comfort circle, I wouldn’t come up with much. But that doesn’t really matter. Because I have the fur on my back and the love in my heart. Legacy. I have exactly as much to pay forward as I choose to have. It’s worth whatever I want it to be worth.

And these paws have a lot to offer the world. Like life lessons. And everything that matters to me. And joy. From the ground up, that is what I want my legacy to be.


22 Responses to “Leaving A Legacy”

  1. Lyn Says:

    “Things” are only of passing value. Posh cars rust just as easily as a cheap car. Expensive paintings can be stolen or burnt to ashes in a house fire. Love lasts an eternity. You, my friend, have an enormous store of love in your heart to share. A legacy of love. Can’t think of anything better 😉

  2. utesmile Says:

    Cars, houses in Hawaii, are desirable but only objects and once people die, they cannot take that with them. Love is always there and can’t die with a person. Less is often more. You are worth a lot more than all the gold on this earth, giving us your wisdom and love and lessons for life. You could give a lot of people advice and they could have a richer and more love and joy filled life! Much love and high paw,Wiles ♥

    • You can’t take it with you. You are so wise, dear friend! I’m so glad I have you in my life to keep my heart and mind in check. And to give me the occasional pat on the back with your words of course. 🙂
      Lots of love to you dear friend!!!

  3. fredrieka Says:

    the greatest thing you and I have is LOVE

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  6. Sandy Says:

    Joy from the ground up is a beautiful AND valuable legacy. As you said, true love from the heart is worth more than material goods. Carter will always know that he grew up with a gentle loving dog who played with him and made him laugh and feel safe. That’s worth millions in my book.

  7. huntmode Says:

    Wyles, the Like button is slow to load, may be that fabulous detailed photo of a Dad’s leg, a faithful loving Guardian dawg and a baby Carter reaching for his pal in his sleep. Wait ’til he really can feel that wonderful fur coat of yours, Wyles! Good on all of you. Love HuntMode

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

    I don’t have things. And maybe it’s better that way.

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