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The Value of Rest

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It’s estimated that domestic cats spend 15 hours a day sleeping.  Their physiology demands that they sleep to recover from activity.

Reverend  Dr. Howard John Wesley, the pastor of one of the Washington DC’s area’s largest churches, Alfred Street Baptist Church, is on sabbatical until Easter. The church calls it a season of #selah, the Hebrew word for “break” or “rest.”  There have been some who questioned the pastor’s decision,  announced late last year.   However,  I  understand the wisdom of Reverend  John Wesley’s choice.  Rest is the foundation for everything else and provides the seeds for spiritual renewal.  Following rest, we can come back better than before.   Modeling the pastor’s decision, I have drawn inspiration and peace from taking time to rest.

 

 

 

Humility Has Its Advantages

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I love shopping on Amazon.  I buy books, cards and search for hard to find items, handy household items, and of course, products for Grace, the cat. Recently while listening to one of my favorite podcasts, “The James Altucher Show, ”  the guest mentioned the humility of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.  Bezos is the richest man in the world.   He is, by many accounts, a transformational leader with a vision that has helped his company to grow, succeed, and adapt to new trends.

Yes,  Bezos is a man who has faced challenges personally and professionally, but I chose to believe that the company he seeded has brought us all a little more ease and joy.  Thanks, Jeff.

 

Living with Grace

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It has now been more than a year since Grace, the overweight Tabby, came to live with me. Grace at one point was tramautized easily. She now is happy and very comfortable in her adopted surroundings.

It is said that cats provide good company. I would like to say that cats are good company for those who provide good company for them.

Grace is very vocal and can be very demanding at times.  She also has some people preferences and makes those known as well.  Of course, she loves CCL.  The biggest thing is Grace is at peace with who she is and she genuinely loves and cares for those around her.

        Grace Loves the Window

 

Summer is Here For Real

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Today where I live the temperature reached 99 degrees.  Yes, it’s summer.  It’s hot but it’s summer and it’s a good time to read and reflect and to find some peace by the lake, on the beach or in one’s own back yard.

 

 

             The Reading Space 

Shiny Objects

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Cats, as a rule, prefer shiny objects and toys. Usually, they will play for several minutes with a laser toy and just as suddenly lose interest or move on to a more life-enhancing activity such as watching birds, napping, or eating.  It is not a lack of commitment. They seem to understand that the artificial or fake toy they are engaged with is just that – a toy

For instance, Grace, the Tabby cat, likes to play with her laser toy but prefers a brightly colored knit fish on a stick.  She will allow me to play with her with the device but only for a short time.

Humans too, are drawn to shiny objects as well as flashy people. Sometimes we guess or are made aware of the negative impact of our shallow decisions.

Sometimes life accidents will lead us to see our destructive connections to cheap but useless objects or people with no soul or purpose. Far too often, we are taken in. We may even know it’s a gimmick or a toy, or the person is a con, but we remain entertained or are afraid of change, so we hang on.

It is painful work to rid ourselves of things and people who do not add value and drain our resources.  Still, we must stop playing with shiny objects to grow and to give.

Grace’s Fish on A Hook