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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

 

Flexibility

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There are friends and people in your life that are only meant to be kept for a season.  The length of that season is up to you.   I’m told that people can’t and don’t change but we do every day.  No one day is the same.  Grace, the tabby cat, does have a routine but she is always flexible.  Sometimes change is a good thing.  It is hard but worth the effort.

        Your Destiny Awaits

Dumpsters for Mental Clutter

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I am good at getting rid of physical clutter.  I like my surroundings to have some sense of order, and I have no problem throwing things away.  I am reading with interest “declutter” books by Netflix star and author Marie Kondo and the book on “order” by author Gretchen Rubin.

Grace, the Tabby cat,  also is particular about her space.  She does not like rope-made scratching posts, and she only wants a few toys.  She does have a preference for laying atop newspapers, but the papers must be changed every few days.

It’s mental clutter that I struggle with such as rejections, clients who treat you poorly,  judging others, envy, and people who try to draw you into their negativity.    I use prayer, meditation, being with real friends and physical exercise to help clear my mind; then it’s easier to create dumpsters to toss all the junk away.

Decisions, Decisions

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The quality of our lives depends in large part on our choices.    We can choose to be angry and upset.  We can choose to let the misguided motorist drive in front of our car on the freeway.  We can chose joy.  We are not completely powerless.  God directs our lives but He gives us choices.

 

 

 

The Art of Connection

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I paid a visit to my daughter who now lives in Philadelphia.  For those who read this blog on a regular basis, you know that Koko and Jean Claude have moved on.  Crazy Cat Lady (CCL)  is now fostering two cats,  Sonny and Cher.  Apparently, the cats reflect the reported later stage of their namesakes’ relationship in that the cats are in conflict at times.  Still, within an hour of my visit Cher, a chubby, striped Tabby and Sonny, a frisky black Bombay, were all over me.  Cher, measured and reserved, settled for just laying across my chest, while Sonny wanted, demanded constant play.

Humans are like that in that we require varying degrees of attention and connection.  We also require validation.  something cats as a species don’t seem to need.  I have found there is an art to the ability to connect and understand.  I wonder if it can be taught but I know that it’s important to find points of commonality when dealing with humans and with cats.

Sonny