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The Perils of Being Too Busy

Time is the one resource that equalizes everyone. No matter how much money or power you have, you get the same 24 hours a day that everyone else gets. Now you might be able to allocate resources to accomplish tasks for you, but those resources are trading in their time.

I recently created a dream board full of ideas and items I want to accomplish in my life time. Some are short-term, e.g. finish a book this week, and some are long-term (buy an apartment in Paris!). But one of the lessons that I have learned recently is to make time for your dreams. We all waste time. I saw a post that captured this perfectly.

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In this case, it’s the trade-off between working out and playing Candy Crush (or in my case – Simpsons Tapped Out). I realized that I don’t want my life to be measured in increments of 8 hours waiting for Homer to complete a tasks, but I want it to be measured in actual, meaningful things.

Cats don’t have this problem of focus. They have multiple avenues for when they want to engage (or in the case of my cats – two houses, a grandma that spoils them, trees, outdoor friends, and a couple of dozen toys and the red laser :)

But when they are sleeping, they aren’t dreaming about work and how they have to complete that presentation.

When we are too busy, it can feel overwhelming and we actually shut down. The lesson I am learning is how to say – NO.

Find Peace

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CCL and I had a marvelous time at the Prince “Rally4Peace” concert in Baltimore.  There’s been a lot of talk about peace.   The events in Baltimore – no justice no peace.  The call for peace.   Yes, social justice must come.  Peace must come.    For us all the struggle for inner peace is also challenging.  To live fully,  we must find it within ourselves on a daily basis.  It does not come naturally or easily and it is often hard fought.  I believe inner peace comes for sure through a connection with God and a connection with yourself.  Yes,  as you own yourself you will find the elusive peace.

I am the ultimate “Prince” fan but for this blog Sashal Vansandi’s song “No More” speaks to owning yourself and finding your peace.

 

 

 

By the way the Washington Humane Society staff pick of the week is Maulty the cat.  You can find more about her here.

http://support.washhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=featuredpet

The Real Thing

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Koko, the celebrity cat and Jean Claude, the black Bombay,  are back at their primary residence at CCL’s in Washington, D.C.  Koko  enjoyed her stay at my house.  Several nights she left me a little surprise, a toy mouse,  which faced  me at the door to my bedroom.  Later she would  remove it to play with it during the day.    The mouse  looked very real but it didn’t frighten me ,as a gardener I’m not afraid of bugs etc.  In fact,  I found Koko’s intent  to amuse and please me genuine and touching.

Authenticity  and being “who you are” is  the latest personal elevation trend.   Life coaches and other success gurus  are constantly urging people to be their “authentic selves.”  Yes, “keeping it real ” is the so-called new path to personal and professional success.    Alas,  for some the notion of being geniune is beyond their grasp.  There are a lot of phonies who seek to  impress or manipulate.   Their fear of who they are has engulfed their souls. For them “keeping it real” is  about as real as the toy mouse Koko presented to me in the morning.

 

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Adios, June Buggie!

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Adios, June Buggie!

Azeena:

Hope that June Buggie returns soon.

Originally posted on Rumpydog:

June Buggie ran away from home. 

MEOW! I found someone new, and she's better than you! MEOW! I found someone new, and she’s better than you!

I found the note this morning. It took me awhile to decipher, because his penmanship sucks, but was eventually able to make out that after 17 years of putting up with my crap, he was over it and ready to move on. He tied a couple of cans of Fancy Feast inside of a kitchen towel, along with a catnip mouse, broke out a window on the front porch by knocking over my weed eater, then hit the road.

Rumpy is incredibly sad, but relieved that no longer will he be subjected to random smacks to the nose for no other reason than June Buggie KNEW he could get away with it.

A clipart representation of how I felt this morning when I realized I'd have to pay to get the window fixed (clipart from pixgood.com). A clip art representation of how I felt this morning when I realized I’d have to pay to get the window fixed (clip…

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Aquas De Marco (Waters of March)

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It has been a long winter in  Washington, D.C. .  This is  a town  where we used to get just a couple of snowstorms a year  but now we got snow and messy weather (for this region) on a regular basis.  It definitely put a cramp in Jean Claude and Koko’s activities as they like to go in CCL’s backyard and explore.   The winter season  had a pretty dramatic impact on me as well.  There were disappointments , some sadness, some hurt but now I find myself feeling happy  again with knowledge that many blessings are coming with  the spring.

One of my favorite songs by Antonio Jobim – Aquas De Marco-  literally says it all

 

By the way this month, starts the fifth anniversary of “Cats and All That”  go to our Facebook  page and say hi.

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