An oldie but goldie featuring Jean Claude, the Black Bombay cat.
(This post was originally published in August 2014. I was struck however by the flower shop employee who helped aid in the capture of the Charleston massacre. - Azeena
A few weeks ago CCL was taking out the trash and Jean Claude, the black Bombay decided to go out for a bag of potato chips ( or whatever). We tried to find him, posted signs, queried neighbors etc. Now,CCL’s house is sandwiched between two others neighbors -Cathy and Joe who have a new patio – and Mildred who often leaves food for stray cats. I was convinced Mildred was holding Jean Claude hostage and urged CCL to take action. After about a week, CCL went out-of-town and I decided to stop by her house. Mildred, the accused cat hostage taker was working in her yard. I introduced myself and asked if she had seen Jean Claude. “No” she replied quietly…
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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.
As we approach the mid-year point of 2019, it may be time to look back at our choices.
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.
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.