Wednesday, March 12, 2008

What Matters Most is How You See Yourself

Our Cat loves the great outdoors. . And sometimes, to my dismay, he likes to go outside in the evening and spend the night outdoors. He has a big fluffy fur coat, so I don't worry that he'll get cold. But he also has a nemesis out there-- the neighborhood fox. I have seen him many times. He seems nervous. So before we turn in, we send our dog out for hopefully his last visit of the evening and snuggle in for a long winter's nap.

When what to our wondering ears should we hear?
But the cry of our neighborhood fox who is near.
He sounds like an infant, so you can't help but wake,
And wonder aloud " is our Cat's life at stake?"
So downstairs I rush, and open the door
And in saunters Tigger
His meow is his roar
He's no worse for wear
And I unearth a breath
They have an understanding:
And it's not a cat's nature to fret.

You see Tigger doesn't see himself as smaller than the fox, or less equipped. In his mind, It's his yard too. I've actually seen Tigger in the daylight chase the fox from the yard. He wanted to assert whose turn it was.This was very enlightening to me. I've always wondered in the back of my mind if they're really compatriots, but I've seen him hold his ground with our dog. He's a confident cat.

As animals are blessed with the gift of presence, Wherever they Go, there they are. They are not in the past, they are not in the future, They are just outdoors, open to what they'll experience next. They use no mirrors to determine if they measure up. They compare themselves to no one. That is why their presence is so healing. It's hard to be anywhere else when you're with your family pet. They're not thinking of anything else when they are receiving our love. They are just experiencing it while it lasts. And when they're confronted by predators, that's exactly where they are, crossing each bridge as they come to it, expecting that at the other side, there'll be catnip to share, with the other cats there.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”
-Anais Nin

1 comment:

Alicja Fenigsen said...

I'll ponder that during the coming hollidays - thanks for the great, and unexpected inspiration!!! how wonderful it all is!