i am lucky enough to be allowed the esteemed company of a little black cat i adopted from a local agency here in my hometown, and let me tell you, is she a hoot.
her name is bird (actually, obsidian blackbird mcknight, but she allows me to shorten it, as she is quite the gracious creature) and she’s three years old and my life is nothing if not entertaining.
she’s always quick to remind me that life does not, in fact, revolve around myself and that it doesn’t matter when I get home from work or doing other fun things, so long as her food dish is full at precisely 5pm and that I’m always available for scritches when she wants them.
needless to say, i’m not the owner here.
this is her world, i’m just allowed to stay in it.
anyway, i’ve never really been a cat person, per se, (i like them fine, but i do find that i prefer the company of a joyous, rowdy hound) but over the last few years, bird sure has taught me a thing or two about life.
she is benevolent enough to let me share them with you all.
(she’s a gem like that.)
1. always take time to lay in the sun.
we hear it time and time again, that being in the sun is good for us (to a point, as my current sunburn can attest to) and that we need a healthy amount of vitamin d to survive, but even more than that, it’s spiritual.
the sun has a warm quality to it that reminds us that we are alive and we are here. It’s revitalizing in all the best ways and we better not forget it.
2. eat only the best food and turn your nose up at the rest (best being whatever it is that you’re eating).
i’m lucky in that Bird is not a picky eater. she eats pretty much whatever food i put in front of her, no matter if it’s the super expensive food or the kibble i’m forced to buy when money’s tight.
it’s a reminder to enjoy what you have and don’t worry about what you don’t. enjoy it all the same and bask in the full belly as a result.
3. take the time to play.
bird has a feather boa toy that she goes crazy for. it’s orange and cheap and the most ridiculous thing, but she adores it and no matter what she’s doing, she will make a beeline across the room to chase it if i wave it around.
it’s a reminder that no matter how serious a task is that i’m currently working on is, i should always take the time to play and chase and have fun. the serious parts of life can wait, after all.
as you can see, bird is a wise creature and has much knowledge to share. i hope you can gain as much from her “lessons” as i have.
i’m sure she has much left to teach as well.
i, for one, am looking forward to it.