Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Let’s Start With Forever June 29, 2013

It has been suggested that a canine’s greatest fault is our short lifespans. At an alarming rate that runs roughly seven times faster than people time, I can’t say I entirely disagree. Man’s best friend shouldn’t get taken away from man any sooner than both parties are ready. But would we really ever be ready?

I wondered this today as I caught my mom indulging in what she admits is guilty pleasure entertainment. From witches and warlocks to dragons and vampires, all things supernatural have become very popular lately in literature, television, and movies. And while my mom tends to side with vampires (more often than not) on their seemingly endless mythical feud with werewolves, I can’t say I agree. This may not come as a surprise as I am obviously a (very distant) canine relative of sorts, but that is not my only rationale. Sure, vampires have immortality on their side, but from what I can tell living forever has its fair share of cons. I Choose Life

Artistic interpretations of vampire life continue to evolve over time, but the basics remain. And while it’s not always the case, many interpretations paint vivid portrayals of vampires who long for a chance to be human and live a normal human life. This leads me to believe immortality might not be all its cracked up to be. In contrast, werewolf life somehow strikes the perfect balance between natural and supernatural, allowing for a normal human life and (along with that) a susceptibility to death.

To me, death is just as important as life because it is our constant reminder to cherish what we have. I believe in the gift of each morning, living each day like it could be my last, and dancing like no one is watching. I believe in James Dean’s suggestion to “dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” None of that would remain a priority if I were miraculously granted immortality. And if it did, I can honestly say it would never be the same.

While I don’t necessarily disagree that a canine’s greatest fault is our short lifespan, I also can’t say I would change that if I was ever afforded the option. The truth is I don’t think anyone is ever really ready to lose a loved one. It doesn’t matter whether someone dies unexpectedly or inevitably loses a hard-fought battle with terminal illness. You’re never really ready. And neither way is easier on those left behind. But just as it is for people loved ones, the relationship between a person and his or her dog is priceless even after the dog moves on to doggie heaven. Just ask someone who has lost their best canine friend – those paw prints remain embedded on their heart forever. I’ll take that over immortality any day. That is my kind of forever.



A Little Sunshine Goes A Long Way March 19, 2013


I do feel different at the end of today, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Today someone confirmed that my words brought sunshine to their day by nominating me for the Sunshine Award. As that was my goal of the day, that would be success in itself. But because I started my day sharing the challenge, the sunshine was powerful enough that I want its rays to spread into the lives of others. Sunshine Award

“The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere. The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!”

Thank you very much for the nomination, Matthew.  Gratitude is no small feat in my life, and I owe my sincerest of it to you.


What inspired you to start blogging? I live a very joyful life, and I recognized one day not that long ago that my joy is best when shared with others. There is nothing like a contagious smile.

How did you come up with the name to your blog? Wiley’s Wisdom: Joy from the Ground Up was a combination of inspiration that is alliteration, and my desire to share my unique perspective on joy with the world. My world starts on the ground, but the sky is the limit for my dreams.

What is your favorite blog you like to read? I can’t answer this question honestly, since there are far too many favorites to mention. Animal and humane, I do love my all beloved members of my blogosphere, as you continue to offer me insight and inspiration.

Tell about your dream job. My dream job is inspiring others through the written word, and travelling the world with my mom to share our mutual appreciation of joy from the ground up. I want to be the change I want to see in the world, so every little bit counts.

Is your glass half empty or half full? If there is milk involved, it is definitely more than half empty. I love milk, even though my mom says it is bad for me. But I digress. I seek to see the best in all people and things, so my philosophical glass is most definitely half full. And if it’s not, I make it a goal to fill up the glass of whomever will let me.

If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go? Somewhere outdoors and fabulous with my people. If I ever won money, I would buy or rent them a fabulous trailer to take us all anywhere we want to go in the country. Exploring is one of my most favorite things.

What food can you absolutely not eat? There’s a bunch. I do know that grapes, onions and garlic are big things to avoid. Not that I choose to pay much attention. I am a doggie vacuum cleaner.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? No chocolate for this doggie. I want to live long enough to make a difference in this world, and chocolate of any kind would surely see to it that not happen.

How much time do you spend blogging? Next to chewing on my favorite toys and spending time with my people, blogging is my most favorite hobby. I love words, how they come together, and how they bring stories to life.

Do you watch TV, and if so, what are some of your favorite shows? I love the moving picture window, perhaps a bit too much! My most favorite shows might surprise some people though. I enjoy the obvious shows on Animal Planet like the Dog Whisperer and Too Cute, but I also appreciate good writing in people shows like Big Bang Theory and The Vampire Diaries. Plus the werewolves on The Vampire Diaries are all rock stars in my doggie book.Sunshine, in a Smile


Most inspiration starts as a creative thought or art coming to life. For me, these folks bring art to life in their daily breath on the blogosphere.

Amba: My dear pal, you should know you are loved

Hope, my happy hugger. You bring me joy, and I hope I bring it back to you

Melanie, you are a constant source of happy stories and inspiration. Thank you.

Misifusa, the Presents of Presence, you are always an inspiration to me

Chatter Master: Your chatter is always appreciated

Ms. Seeker: You continue to be an inspiration to me

My pals in the UK: The Barkshire Post

C-Sweet: One of my favorite sweethearts

Kirby: One of my newest blog pals. 🙂

Thank you all for being you.

I started today with a challenge. And it is not a coincidence that I end the day feeling better than when I started.  My ongoing effort to be the change I want to see in the world proved successful today. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.