Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Second Nature April 8, 2014

Filed under: Man's Best Friend — Wiley Schmidt @ 9:46 pm
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That place called work. I’ve often wondered if the shoe were on the other paw, what my place called work would be like. Where would I go away to for all those hours at a time? What would I do? Today I think I (quite literally) stumbled upon the answer.Looking Happy

Maybe it’s because it happened with four different people in what felt like a very short period of time. I used my keen observational skills to deduce they were down about one thing or another in life, and (without thinking) I did something about it.

With my grandma, I greeted her with a love fest upon entering the threshold. With my aunt Morgan, I licked up her tears as she cried about changes in life. With my mom, I simply rolled on my side funny while she took a few minutes to pet me. And with Carter, when he smiled at me as I performed one of my many attention-seeking behaviors. Well, that was pretty magical even though he may not know it.

That’s when it occurred to me. I didn’t even know I was doing it. I didn’t even know I was brining joy until it happened. I saw it on their faces, heard it in their voices, and felt it in their embrace. Joy. From the ground up, it is a favorite habit of mine. It’s one with no deadline, no pressure, and no wasted days or nights.

So I think I know what I would do for “work” if the shoe were on the other paw. (That is, assuming my first attempt at a dog blogger turned book writer never comes to be). I would stay home. I would do exactly what I do naturally every single day. I would find ways to bring joy to the lives of my people. Now, I can admit the job is not a traditional one. But I don’t think it matters, and would argue that perhaps it should be. Because I read once if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. And that is certainly true for me.


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  3. You are so smart, Wiley! What a wonderful and important “job” you have.

  4. ….or you could be a full time clown! You are cute and funny enough, so you’d just have to learn to juggle and make doggies out of long balloons.

    Love and licks,

  5. it seems you really found YOUR job. that’s great! some bipeds need many years to find THEIR job and sometimes they search and search and can’t find it.

    • I think that’s what has happened to my dear forever mom. She keeps saying she thought she’d have ‘life all figured out by now.’ I wish I could tell her it’s okay she doesn’t – there’s still so much more life to live!

  6. I think you do work. just because you don’t receive a pay check does not mean you do not fulfill a vital role!

  7. Lyn Says:

    You are so wise, Wiley. You would – and do already – make a great “stay-at-home dog” shedding love from the ground up in every direction. My daughter, who is having her fifth child next month, would love to be a stay-at-home-Mom, but sadly, after 8-9 months maternity leave she has to go back to work (she’s a junior grade school teacher) but she does get to take two of her children to work with her – even though they aren’t in her class. A job is a job is a job. And like you say, if you enjoy your work, you’ll never work a day in your life – and sometimes even get paid for it 🙂

    • Dear Lyn! I had to read back your words more than once. What a blessing that your daughter has 8-9 MONTHS of leave!!!!! Around here, ladies are lucky to get 8-9 WEEKS without it becoming a huge financial burden for the family. That is sad news about having to go back to work eventually, but at least she does have that time before she goes back to teaching. And how blessed she is (and you are!) to have a fifth child coming into the family. Please wish her well for me. Mom and I will be crossing our paws for a healthy and safe delivery!
      Lots of love,

  8. utesmile Says:

    That is exactly it, love your work and it is not work but pleasure and you do it even better that way. That is why I say to my children choose something you love to do later in life you will be happier.
    Wiles you do the best job ever and if we humans brought joy to work it would reflect to others too!

    • I can tell by your words and your love, dear friend, that you are a constant source of joy at your place called work…and anywhere for that matter. Keep it up! High paw to you.
      Lots of love,

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