So today I want to thank you for the lessons that Dr. Wally and Mr Mittens have tried to teach me. Some of them I have mastered more then others, but at least they have tried. So thank you for sending them into my life. So here goes.
Lesson #1 – Never be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Mr Mittens has taught me to be willing to explore what is on the other side of my comfort zone. He always tries to get through the doors that are closed and when he senses it is not where he needs to be he leaves and if he really likes it, then he stays. He has taught me a similar message to what I am reading about now in Kyle Cease’s book I Hope I Screw This Up. It is the same message my Bubby used to tell me, “She who fails to fail, fails to succeed.”
Lesson #2 – Take a nap. Cats seem to do this so well. Whenever they are tired, they sleep, which with them is about 16 hours a day. Working at home, I have the luxury of taking a nap when I really need one. Sometimes it is the way for me to quiet my brain so I can hear your ideas and inspiration coming to me. Sometimes it is just that my brain and body need a break. Even you took a rest from creating, so I should too.
Lesson #3 – Ask for attention when I need it. Both of them, but Mr. Mittens more so with me are amazing at asking for attention. Mr. Mittens will just come up, climb on my shoulder and let me know it is pay attention to Mitty time. I have been working on this in my life, asking people for the time and attention when I need it from them. The biggest struggle is not them, it is me not giving myself permission to stop working on the piles in front of me.
Lesson #4 – Eating with the family is important. Any time we sit at the kitchen table, they are right there with us. Eating together is an opportunity to create memories, share what is going on and communicate. It is also a time for Dr Wally to get his backside scratched and Mr Mittens to get some additional loving.
Lesson #5 – Soak up the sun. So Mr. Mittens is the king of this. He loves to sprawl out on the window sill or on the kitchen table in front of the window and soak up the sun. He will never go outside and do it, they are both terrified of the outdoors. However, it is a reminder for me to go out when the weather is nice and get some natural Vitamin D, not just in pill form.
Lesson #6 – Don’t settle. They are both pretty good at this. If they do not like what I have put in their food bowls, they will leave it. Well, more Mr Mittens then Dr. Wally. They will find a way of getting what they want to eat, not just what I put in their bowls if it does not meet their needs.
Lesson #7 – Never Stop Dreaming. So often I have fallen into the trap of doing what I have to do just to make ends meet that I have allowed my dreams to pass me by. When I watch my cats lying on their beds and dreaming, it reminds me to never settle for what it is and to always pursue my dreams and to keep having them.
Maybe the last lesson I want to write about today is that Lesson #8 – Love Beats All – no matter what we are going through, being surrounded by love makes all the difference. I am grateful to know that when the boys have been scared, they know they can cuddle up with us and we will shower them with love and get them through. Zoe and I have been through so much together in the last 16 years. What has helped us through is our faith and our love for each other. Love has given us what we need to make the best of each day, moment and our lives.
I know there is more I have learned from all the cats and dogs who have been in our life, but I will write more about them next week.