The way to love someone
is to lightly run your finger over that person's soul
until you find a crack,
and then gently pour your love into that crack.
~Keith Miller

Friday, January 17, 2014

and I let the cat{s} in

FitBit … fun
it's both difficult and easy to walk 10,000 steps per day
and, if I run part of that, it's super easy to get 30+ active minutes in
(those are the goals)

these and now C S Lewis book in
waiting on Habits book
A small observation about the animals I tend to …
… and, partly in reference to my V …

our cats are at an age where they like to come and go as cats tend to do
it is easy for my mouth to say "cats are come and go animals, we have to accept that" but it's hard for my heart to manage the goings (along with the anxiety that they may not return)
and, this morning, after spending several hours fretting, calling, wandering about looking for Shadow on Tuesday and Wednesday … and then he came home with a hurt hind leg and slept for 12 hours straight … and then hovered at the doors ready to slip out again … which he did and spent Thursday night away … now it's Friday and (my attention scans back and forth for him like a radar seeking a little target) … two cats out and about right now (and who knows if we will ever see them again?)
well cats … if you give them a bit of your heart, expect that they will carry it with them on their shenanigans … and if that doesn't work for you, cats may not be a good option
AND … I know people like that (and I maybe even love them)
there are reasons why hosting cats rocks
they bring texture and joy and a richness to one's life
cats are interesting and exciting
cats are fun

but they are careless with one's heart
they don't want to be responsible for your heart
(and … they ask you not to make it a heart thing … they really do warn you not to even as they wrap their tail around your leg … isn't that sweet?)
cats want you to feed them
and pet them
amuse them with dangling strings and feathers
they want to rest in your warmth
they want to keep you engaged for when they want your something
and I don't think that's selfish
I think it's a very straight forward contract
and if your heart can manage it, it may be just the thing
But, don't deceive yourself in to thinking a cat is a dog
(I think cats are loyal, as loyal as the best dog, but only to themselves … and if it appears that they are loyal to a person (you) it is only because it suits them best … it is because they are too satisfied and/or  lazy (old) to forsake their own comfort for new adventures.  Cats are smart, and self serving … and willing to offer what they do best for what they want most most.)

Loving a cat takes (and teaches) stamina ~ cat hosting is not for the faint of heart.

"What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? Matthew 18:12

Pastor referred to this verse during the sermon and I immediately thought of all the running around we do in search of the one cat who doesn't make it back in time ... the missing one.  I get it.

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