Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

With My Thoughts March 4, 2014

I thought I had forgotten what it sounds like. Which is okay with me, since I never really cared for it in the first place. But I’m not going to lie. Today it wasn’t so bad. Silence. From the ground up, the sounds of silence brought me joy today.

It was the first day in what feels like a very long time that I was all alone at my forever home for an extended period of time. In the past, this would have made me a bit melancholy. I would have spent the majority of the time wishing I were with them on whatever adventure they were encountering. But today they took with them all things noisy and it wasn’t so bad. Deep thinking

I think everyone needs some alone time every now and then, so I can’t say I minded it. There I was, alone with my thoughts. Alone to count my blessings. Like my spot basking in the afternoon glow in the windowsill. And the treats they left me as a consolation prize for not accompanying them on their journey. And my family. My beloved family.

Suddenly I missed them so. They hadn’t been gone long at all, and (based on the amount of things I saw bursting from the diaper bag) I knew they would be gone quite a while longer. So I made the most of it. I made the most of my time alone with nothing but my doggie bed and the silence I hadn’t realized I missed.

It’s funny what perspective can do to your thoughts. Silence is generally not my friend, yet it was today because it allowed me to reflect on the power thoughts can have on emotions.

“You are the architect of your own destiny,” suggests motivational speaker Brian Tracy. “You are the master of your own fate; you are behind the steering wheel of your life. There are no limitations to what you can do, have, or be. Accept the limitations you place on yourself by your own thinking.”

I didn’t think it was possible. But it’s true what they say about absence making the heart grow fonder. I was so very happy to see them return from what appears to be an epic shopping excursion. It didn’t matter that they didn’t bring anything for me. Because they brought themselves. Home. From the ground up, that’s the best thing that happened all day.


18 Responses to “With My Thoughts”

  1. kiwiskan Says:

    sounds like wee Bert. When we have to go out and leave him at home he’s always so good about it. Glad you enjoyed a peaceful time.

  2. utesmile Says:

    A bit of time and silence for yourself is a good thing. Nice to use it as “me” time, to reflect, and if you are happy with your own company all is well as it should be. And it makes the homecoming of your family evne more precious!

    • You’re right about the homecoming! Every time my people are away, I am sure to greet them with as much enthusiasm as I felt sadness while they were gone. Thank goodness I can trust they always come back!
      Lots of love,

  3. Lyn Says:

    Oh Wiles, that made me cry. Especially And my family. My beloved family.
    Suddenly I missed them so.
    I’m going to be in a similar situation in four weeks, when my family go to Turkey and Jordan for five weeks. But I will, just the same, enjoy the quiet and solitude – just me and Cally. Oh, and Napoleon the cat and Apollo the canary. Yes, my family choose interesting names for their fur and feathered babies 😀

    • Oh my goodness! How exciting for your family doing all of that traveling! I’m so happy for you that Cally can keep you company while they’re gone. I know they will be missed so very much, but all the more you can appreciate them upon their return.
      Lots of love,

  4. I am also torn about the silence when Mom leaves. On the one hand, I need the rest, and on the other hand I want her here so I can watch over her. I guess lives were designed to be a mixed bag of good and scary.

    Love and licks,

  5. That’s really sad. When I’m alone I ignore the treats they deposited for me. I don’t want treats, I want my staff back… Wayne Dyer said:You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.
    That’s a small comfort, I know, brother… I’m glad they are back now and you can enjoy your treats and your family!

    • Hehe. You’re funny. I hear what you’re saying about the treats and I will admit – I do this crazy thing with special treats where I save them until my people get back home. Little ones, I tend to eat right away, but if they leave a bigger special one I am sure to wait to enjoy it until I’m back with their company. It’s the only way to do it. 😉
      Lots of love,

  6. huntmode Says:

    All right, but what about a recent post about too many things, eh, Wyles? Just nibbling at you, kiddo! Glad you got to enjoy your windowsill and a wee bit of quiet. Quiet can be sweet – it’s the contrast that makes us appreciate both, I think. HuntMode with hugs.

  7. Lonitra Says:

    Now I’m like, well duh! Truly thnaufkl for your help.

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

    “You are the architect of your own destiny…” What will you design?

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