Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

No Time Like the Present November 10, 2014

I realized today there are a lot of things I simply don’t believe in. Like counting calories. Or ghosts. Or crabby people. Or fretting over the small stuff.

Today I realized all these things have something pretty important in common. Life. From the ground up, it’s too short to waste time on these things. This is coming from me, a dog who has never had to worry about counting calories, doesn’t believe in ghosts, has openly expressed disdain for people who don’t take the lives of others into consideration, and embraces joy in all its unique forms.

Truth be told, just because I don’t necessarily personally battle with all of these things doesn’t mean I don’t understand and appreciate the impact they can have on the people I love. I know mom and other ladies in my life battle with the calorie counting issue on a daily basis and I hate it. I hate the way mom looks at herself in the mirror. She is beautiful regardless of whatever image she has in her mind of perfection.

Then there’s ghosts, which I think everyone has in some way, shape orStanding Strong form in their emotional closet. But ghosts represent the past, which is a place life is too short in which to dwell. I do believe it helps shape the present and, in turn, the future, but that is the only role it should play in my humble doggie opinion.

I think that extends itself right into the issue I have with crabby people. I do believe in remembering the person behind people, in the same way you would live the golden rule each day. In light of that, I wonder why folks would share their negativity with others. I find it to be unfortunately even more contagious than joy. There is no time like the present to move along with life.

Which is why I don’t believe in sweating the small stuff. There are all kinds of things that can put people into a bad mood if they let them. But I think that’s key. Life is how we proactively react to it as far as I’m concerned. Beyond that, it’s too short to waste time worrying about these things. There is no time like the present to start living.