Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

My American Dream July 7, 2014

It probably doesn’t look like anything you would think. Certainly it’s not nearly as shiny or adventurous or out of the ordinary as you might imagine. But it’s mine and I think it’s pretty great. The American Dream. From the ground up, it’s not that unlike joy. I know it looks different to different people, so today I pause to reflect on an article I read about a misconception regarding this otherwise innocent thing. Proud to be an American

Someone who shall remain unnamed and unreferenced (purely out of principal) put out an article in recent days that says it takes an average of $130,000 to live what is conceived as the American Dream. I’m not going to tell you the particulars as it pertains to my beloved family other than that is no where near reality for us.

Yet today as mom spent some time working at home over lunch I couldn’t help but pause to reflect on the beauty of the moment. There we were, together in my backyard paradise, enjoying the warmth of the sunshine. There we were, in the moment listening as a wide variety of songbirds chirped us a song. There we were as baby Carter napped peacefully inside my beloved forever home. And in that moment I felt like the richest little mutt of a doggie known to man.

“For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day;” suggested ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, “and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.”

I know this to be truth in life. While there are many who could argue we live frugally and on the cheap, I would tell them I’m the richest doggie I know. I’m not ashamed to say it either. It doesn’t come encased in anything special. It’s not worth anything to anyone other than me. And I like it that way. Because to me, that is how joy (from the ground up) should look. I know it’s not anything like what you would think. It’s nothing special or shiny or adventurous like you might imagine. But to me it’s pretty great.


3 Responses to “My American Dream”

  1. utesmile Says:

    Richness comes from appreciating what you have, small and simple things like birds singing. Gratitude is the key word. Well said my wonderful Wiles! Come on jump on me and you get a big hug!

  2. Lyn Says:

    Makes you wonder doesn’t it Wiles, that if these figures of $130,000 is correct, how do we survive? I’m guessing that’s an annual figure. There was a report brought out here in Australia about five years ago that said it cost the Australian parent $1,028, 093 to raise a child to 18. That equates to about $1,098 per week 😮 Well, I hate to rain on the so called experts parade, but I raised my three kids on about $670 per fortnight and that had to cover everything…food, utilities, school costs, rent, medical/medications, clothes … We were happy, well fed, and clothed. I guess it depends on what your idea of the American/Australian dream is eh, Wiles 🙂

  3. You are the Donald Trump of doggies, W. (With infinitely better hair). Being rich is all about seeing what makes you rich. You are amazing at that – from the ground up!

    Love and licks,

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