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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

 

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.

Is Spring Coming?

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Today, Friday, in Washington, DC  it is snowing, but forecasters predict the temperature will reach 69 degrees Sunday.  Brookland DC meterologist Grace is already on the lookout.

Grace Checking Things Out

Who is Zooming Who? Who Owns Who

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It is clear that cats rule.  Grace, the tabby is a diva. Buzzfeed recently published 17 insistences where cats showed their owners who owns who.   Let me add #18  five am wake-up calls!

 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/chuphanginichandrakanthan/cats-being-cats

 

 

 

 

Getting Ready for Christmas

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Grace is an interesting cat.  She does not like traditional “pet” toys.  I am still trying to figure out what to get her for Christmas.  In the meantime, I guess I will let her rest under the Christmas tree.