Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Learning from Larceny January 20, 2013

Think about the last time you broke a rule (a big one, not just ripping the tags off your pillows). Were you burned, or did things turn out for the best?

I have this theory about time. It goes by, as certain as the sunrise and sunset each day. But every now and then, life affords us unique moments to treasure. I say this because was a clearance puppy. And two years after being a clearance puppy, I became a clearance dog. At a little more than two years old, my fate at the humane society seemed sealed tightly in negativity. Then I had my special day…I had my moment to treasure. I met my forever people.

They were my unexpected field of diamonds, as Breathnach describes in Simple Abundance. “We all have an acre of diamonds waiting to be discovered, cherished, and mined,” she writes. I had a lot of time in my first two years without a home to dream about what life could be, aspiring to discover by own personal acre of diamonds to be cherished. As time went on, I found myself questioning who I was, and wondering why no one wanted me.

So when that first family with three other dogs and two cats adopted me, I found myself wanting to make an impression. I wanted to stand out, to make them love me best so I could make up for all that lost time of feeling neglected. Looking back, I suppose I took it too far, but I rationalized it at the time because I wanted so badly to be loved. I knew which pet was their favorite, and it wasn’t me.

It was Tessa, their three-year-old cat. I could tell immediately upon meeting her that she was as black and white by personality as she was by color. To the people, she was the sweetest, most loving cat they could ask for. But she lorded that over the other animals and I, treating the rest of us like the unwanted skin of the salmon filet she had for dinner. We were the scraps as she saw us. And I hated her. She was the embodiment of larceny, taking from me the love I so desperately craved from my new people. I know now that does not justify what I did next, but I didn’t care at the time.

One night, after we had all finished dinner, I cornered her in the kitchen for everyone to see, grabbed her by the neck and gave her a good shake. Nothing that would have killed her, but just a little something to let her know how I loathed her. And with that, back to the humane society I went. I was the clearance dog again.

But no experience, no blip in time, is meaningless if something is learned. My time with that family (albeit brief) taught me something incredibly valuable. While I might be horrible at breaking rules (and I know don’t do harm to others is a pretty fundamental one), I never stopped dreaming that I would be someone’s Tessa someday.

To me, time as it is meant to be is twofold. First, we dream of things that could be. “For each of us there is a deeply personal dream waiting to be discovered and fulfilled,” Breathnach writes. “When we cherish our dream and then invest love, creative energy, perseverance, and passion in ourselves, we will achieve authentic success.” Then we will have those moments in time of pure happiness.

Only Time

 

26 Responses to “Learning from Larceny”

  1. you grabbed my attention and held it right to the end. I enjoyed YOUR sense of humour, as well

  2. gooseyanne Says:

    Love it! Don`t let other dogs see the watch or you will start a trend :-)

  3. Theena Theen Says:

    you might have thought my story was good, but this story was creative and from a different perspective than I could have written. Very cute. Thank you for sharing it with me.

  4. thatwiseyogi Says:

    Love the story & is the adorable pup in the pic wearing a watch? That is beyond groovy! :)

  5. JackieP Says:

    Awww I am just so happy you finally found your forever home! :-)

  6. misselletea Says:

    Tessa needed a good shake if you ask me. And everyting certainly happens for a reason – your Forever People sound awesome.

  7. Viva Violet Says:

    Hey! I’ve nominated your for a the Liebster Blog Award. Check it here: http://allthosesmallthings.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/hello-liebster-we-meet-at-last/

    Cheers :D x

  8. So happy you found your forever home with loving parents! Everyone deserves at least that in life! :)

  9. Judy Smith Says:

    A wonderful story, told beautifully! I’m so happy for you …

  10. […] 4-foot fence. Yes, I also jumped out of a moving vehicle. And all right already, I did grab that stinker of a cat Tessa and give her a good shake by the […]

  11. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    Oh Tessa…what I didn’t learn from you.

  12. huntmode Says:

    Sometimes, Wyles, ya gotta do what you gotta do. If you hadn’t, you would never have met the Schmidts, those wonderful forever people of yours!

  13. Oh sweetie, big hugs! and although you can’t always see it, I do believe everything happens for a reason!


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