Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

A Bird’s Eye View June 10, 2014

I find it’s more likely to happen when the skies are grey like a rain storm is coming. Then when it doesn’t I breathe a sigh of relief since I (like most dogs) don’t particularly care for the thunderstorms that occasionally accompany our summer days in my neck of the woods. They are loud and obnoxious and sometimes the thunder hurts my ears.

Dreaming a little dreamDays like today are interesting in their own kind of way because they remind me the slightest bit of the freezing cold doldrums of winter in the Midwest United States. Except in addition to the warmer temperatures, there is something present now that is not around in those times.

Birds. The more I observe them, the more I know it to be true. There is not much I envy about their lives other than this one thing. They can fly. I know that unless I ever travel a far enough distance with my forever people on an airplane, I will mostly likely never know what it’s like to fly. Sure, I hold my head out the window of a driving car with the best of them. And I’ve been known to clear three or four feet in a horizontal jump. But this is not the same as flying.

I thought of this today as my dear Aunt Morgan is on her way home from a far away place. As I type, she is waiting on a delayed flight out of Denver, Colorado, with no cell phone and no charger. At first I wondered what she would do with herself since she (like my dear forever mom) is terribly attached to that so-called Smartphone of hers. But that’s okay. I don’t need to talk to her to know what’s happening.

It’s a favorite past time of mine in fact. People watching. From the ground up, a lot can be learned from this tradition I’ve perfected over the years. I think I’ve learned more from observing people than people would even like to know.

One such lesson I’ve learned to take note of when the skies are grey and a rain storm is coming. Sure, when it comes to flight, it’s all relative. I say this both figuratively and literally, as I believe English humorist Douglas Adams may have said it himself.

“Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss,” he said. My perspective doesn’t need to be a bird’s eye view for me to know this as truth.

 

5 Responses to “A Bird’s Eye View”

  1. KDKH Says:

    Lucky for Aunt Morgan, weather was great in Denver today, and the airport is rather unique. I hope she held up ok! Lucky she wasn’t flying out yesterday, as there were several tornados, and they like to swarm near the airport….

  2. utesmile Says:

    You know WIles I love people watching, just sitting and watching, it is so interesting and rather amazing what you see. When I wait for somethng (Plane , train etc) I never get bored, I watch…..

  3. I can’t fly either, W. I do “throw myself at the ground” a lot though. I also like when tree branches break and fall onto the ground. I sniff them and sniff them and can’t stop. It makes me feel like maybe I am up in the tree like a bird….

    Love and licks and safe trip for Aunt Morgan,
    Cupcake

  4. “Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss,” i do love that saying, almost as much as I love visiting your little corner of the net!!

  5. Lyn Says:

    I like that quote about throwing yourself at the ground and missing. Trouble is, when I throw myself at the ground, I never miss :-/
    Hope Aunt Morgan is home safely by now xx


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