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Ahhh, the joys of sleep.

Today I’m feeling tired. I could use a cat nap. Cats sleep. They sleep up to 20 hours a day. If you have a cat, you’ll notice various forms of their sleeping. They have deep sleep and dreams, light sleep, the I’m sleep but you woke me up and the leave me alone. JC is hilarious when he is in a deep sleep. You will not be able to find him.

However, we humans likely don’t have enough sleep. We could do with more cat naps and more rest overall. Even God rested and if He has to rest, then so should we. Here are a few of my favorite pictures of the cats sleeping. Koko sleeps like a mad woman! As she’s gotten older, she sleeps more like a traditional cat curled up in a ball. But she will just lay splayed out as she is in the pic and just sleep. I love that she is totally relaxed enough to let herself go.

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JCWe can’t always sleep like we wants or need to but hopefully at some point we are getting well deserved rest. God rested on the seventh day. Rest is restorative. we cant neglect it.

Proof

There was some question about JC drinking out of the bathtub. Well, here is the proof. And for some reason Koko finds the tub quite fun. She always starts to play when he is in the tub.

Because it is an old fashioned clawfoot tub Koko can run under it, beside it and jump in and out.

Have a great week!

JC Enjoys the tub!

JC Enjoys the tub!

Koko checks in on JC!

Koko checks in on JC!

All Right Already- Change

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Sometimes change is gradual. We could, almost always until global warming really set in, count on the seasons to change. Snow in the winter. Sun and heat in the summer. But here we are in mid-January and yesterday I still had blooming, thriving snapdragons. It does appear the weather is getting a bit chilly just in time for the Presidential Inaugural. So perhaps without my order God has everything in hand.

Looking beyond

Push! Dig deep! These are words you hear when someone is helping someone push. But what does that have to be with looking beyond? Well, first, look beyond what you see. For example, Azeena posted about Jean-Claude turning on the bathroom faucet. Well, what Azeena didn’t know was that I have become JC’s personal water butler. Whenever I walk past the bathroom he jumps in the tub and demands that I turn on the faucet for him. And don’t worry, we clean out the tub very well.

The other night I caught him sleeping in the tub. I guess he felt like this would ensure he would always get water! But what does this mean? It means that what you see might not always be the case for what’s happening. JC wasn’t turning on the faucet, it was me.

One data point does not a straight line make.

My only resolution is to try to think of things in a positive light. If you have one interaction with someone, a waitress that is rude, someone in a rush, instead of taking the negative view, I’m going to take the positive. Maybe they had a fight with their boyfriend or maybe there is a sick relative in the car. I tell you that this takes work and requires me to push and dig deep. Our first reaction is that people do things to us rather than responding based on their own experiences.

Just as it requires two points to make a line, it requires more than just a single encounter to fully understand someone.*
*Please note the one example to this is online dating. If someone sends you a message that is crass, rude, disrespectful immediately respond accordingly. Don’t ask me why this is but just trust me 🙂

Thinking positively is far more difficult than I thought it would be. But I continue to push! and dig deep!

The Joys of Living Together

I grew up as an only child. This means that I can spend oodles of time by myself. In fact, I crave it. I once dated a guy who came from a large family and constantly needed to be around a lot of people. You can imagine how long that relationship lasted.

For the past month or so, I’ve been in a transition state. Most people are not comfortable with an extended transition state. It feels squishy. You don’t know when things will be resolved. It’s constantly fluid but solid. I’m ok with my transition state. Consulting as a profession could be defined as doing ambiguous things for an unknown client for an indeterminate amount of time. Here is the secret to accepting transition – just accept it. It’s hard to let go of the past but in that transition state is where your future lies.

By staying flexible and knowing that anything can change, when it does you aren’t surprised. Instead you just move in step with whatever path you’ve been guided.

Cats are ambiguous creatures as well. Some easily adjust to transition but others begin to act out. As our cats have always been two household cats, they’ve learned to adjust to whatever happens. But here are some tips for cats, and their owners, to adjust to transition:

1) No matter where you are, you can mark out your space, however small
2) Find something, someone or someplace you can go to center yourself
3) Do not be afraid to discuss how you are feeling in your transition
4) limit your transitions – you aren’t going to quit smoking, give up Chick-Fil-a and train for the marathon all at once. Pace yourself
5) Open yourself to whatever happens is what is supposed to happen; control is an illusion

What other tips do you have for transitioning in your life?