Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

A Wish The Heart Makes February 26, 2014

Filed under: Man's Best Friend — Wiley Schmidt @ 10:27 pm

I have them all the time. Big ones and small ones and ridiculous ones and odd ones. Dreams. From the ground up, they are a regular part of my doggie life. Awake or asleep, I am always dreaming.

But that wasn’t always the case. I remember a time after I lost my friend Rusty at the humane society when I was at a very low point. Rusty was the only friend I had and he was gone. I was alone in a strange place holding on to nothing but a dream. A dream to be adopted into a family who would love me and take care of me and (if I was particularly lucky) spoil me rotten.Sweet Dreams

These dreams were soon challenged by the dog who all-too-quickly filled the vacant cage where Rusty once laid his head. Draeger. If I thought I was struggling before he arrived, I had no idea what was coming next.

Back at the humane society for the fourth time, Draeger was the epitome of the narcissistic pessimist. I made the mistake of sharing with him what had happened the night before with Rusty, to which he coyly responded “you’re next kid.” I told him the only thing getting me through was the dream of being adopted. He snarled in response to that, telling me dreams are a waste of time. He was a living breathing chip on my shoulder, and after a few days he weighed me down. Nagging negativity has a way of doing that to one’s outlook.

Fortunately it wasn’t long before my forever mom and dad came to meet me and my life changed forever. My dream came true in spite of all of that negativity Draeger forced on me. And so my faith in dreams was restored.

“Dream and give yourself permission to envision a you that you choose to be,” suggested American actress Joy Page.

And so it is. I believe in the power of dreams, which is why I think they are such a frequent visitor in my heart. Big ones like my dream to publish a book. Small ones like my dream that summer will return to Wisconsin at some point. Even when I have nightmares I sleep smiling because I know I have my life to wake up to. And that is its own dream come true.


15 Responses to “A Wish The Heart Makes”

  1. Lyn Says:

    Dreams are what gives us hope and without hope, life has no meaning. That is a gorgeous picture of you and Carter, Wiles, just gorgeous. No one will ever get a chance to get near him to hurt him while you are around xx

  2. writetowag Says:

    Oh Wiles!!!! You are just the sweetest…I love this picture!!!! You are the best big brother in the whole wide world!!!!

  3. kiwiskan Says:

    such a lovely photo…

  4. utesmile Says:

    That is a good way to see it after a nightmare. Back to lovefille life after you wake up. I don’t dream much, but last night I was dancing….. Regardign writing a book… you could put all your beautiful posts together and make them into a book. Have your own book like Marley. 🙂

    • Oh my goodness, friend! Either I’ve spoken of this before, or you read my little doggie mind! It is a hope and dream of mine to put this blog together into a book aptly named “Joy: From the Ground Up.” I thought I could convince mom to help me with this project while she is home on maternity leave, but apparently she’s been busy tending to dear little Carter. It remains a goal, though….just as soon as she has a little time to spare. So hearing you say such things is my source of true joy today. Thank you!!!
      Lots of love,

  5. huntmode Says:

    Maybe the best sentence of February “Even when I have nightmares I sleep smiling because I know I have my life to wake up to.”

    Perfect, Wyles. Perfect.

    Apropos of a thought out of the blue in studying your picture above… I wonder how much the breath of each you impacts the other? Does your steady breathing remind Carter of when he was within your Mom? Do you each act like the heartbeat for the other? Sweet dreams the both of you. HuntMode

    • Aw, thank you, dear HuntMode, not only for your words of kindness and love, but also for the writing idea for a rainy day (otherwise known as writer’s block!). I hope all is well with you!!!

  6. Dreams do come true. Mom and I both know that! Never stop dreaming.

    Love and licks,

  7. fredrieka Says:

    I dream of chasing things, my legs and feet twitch. I had the same dream and mine came true.. Wags and jumps…

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

    Give yourself permission to dream.

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