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FOMO?

FOMO?

Fear of missing out.

Do cats suffer from this? I used to worry about what I was missing out on and then I started to internalize a few things I know to be true.

What is meant for us will never pass us.

Trust in the power of God through the universe to act for our good if we are doing good.

Now, I never worry about what didn’t happen. I work towards bringing joy and light in my world.

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Climbing to New Heights

So recently, Koko has been back to climbing trees. I love it. She started off as a climber as kitten. She would climb anything and everything without fear. I was able to catch video of her out on a limb. She was perfectly happy but started freaking out when she heard me calling her because she couldn’t get down. But I knew exactly what to do.

I left her alone to figure it out.

Sometimes, we mean well, but the best way to offer support is to walk away. Sometimes giving the people we love the space to figure it out on their own is the best.

And sure enough, I went back into the house. Not too long after Koko came in for her hugs and well deserved accolades.

You can see the video here

Accepting Yourself

Cats are fascinating creatures. They learn from their mistakes and never spend time wallowing in what went wrong. If Jean-Claude is hungry and I’m not responding, he just bides his time because he knows at some point I will wake up and feed him.

We humans tend to shy away from broadcasting our mistakes. We keep them to ourselves because we don’t want to be judged or ridiculed by others. But, it is those mistakes that allow us to grow (only if you don’t repeat the same mistakes). I can say for absolute certainty that my spirit wouldn’t be where it is today if not for the mistakes I’ve made over the past seven years.

First, it’s hard because we have to admit some very hard truths about ourselves and our past. It’s not easy to say that you’ve been influenced and shaped by certain forces that aren’t pleasant. We create shells around our hurts instead of letting the scars stay exposed so they can be worn down by love.

Second, we all make mistakes. In today’s internet lynch mob culture everyone is very quick to state that “Well, I would have NEVER done that.” But you did something else that you would never want anyone else to know. Confession is great. Once you let it out and start to figure out that you are okay with your mistakes and bullocks to what anyone else thinks.

If Koko misses a leap, she doesn’t try to hide it. She goes and licks herself and then goes to make the leap again from a different vantage point and succeeds!

Today is National Hug Your Cat Day

111065So take a moment and give your cat a belly rub and a treat. Also, remember the thousands of cats looking for a #fureverhome in shelters across the country. Cats are very easy to take care of and if you get two of them, it’s even better. No more additional work and less stress for both animals.

Listening

Cats are exploratory creatures by nature. While they like to have a base they know they can come back to, they do like to explore and expand their territory. This explains why I have several cats that sleep around my house because my neighbor and I both feed about three cats that come around. One of these cats in particular has made friends with Jean-Claude (although she is still frightened of me.) In fact, during the freezing cold, Jean-Claude actually went out to look for her and make her come in the house. It was one of the sweetest, kindest acts of unselfishness I have seen.

However, cats are great at listening. And by this, I mean keeping their eyes and ears open to any changes in their environment. These changes could be a new cat that walked through, to new feeding times. Many of us,however, are not really good at this. We see changes and because of fear of the unknown, we clamp down and close our ears to anything that might be counter to our lives – even when we know that we desire change and actually ask for the change.

We also don’t do a good job of listening to the small changes in our life. Lasting change comes from consistency and small steps, rather than a large all at once change.

Koko expanded her exploratory territory very very slowly. First the backyard, then the neighbors yard and now, to my dismay, she feels comfortable going across the street. I see the progression of her confidence and can only try to mirror that in my own life.