This is Rocky, one of the two cats that Linda and I call ours. I snapped this picture as he explored a flower garden. I’m left wondering, what’s he thinking about?
While I’ll never know, and some of you are thinking I’m a little crazy for wondering in the first place, here’s my point.
I can almost guarantee you Rocky is not thinking about his to-do list. He’s not thinking about tomorrow’s hectic schedule.
He’s not concerned about the impression he makes, or what you think about his looks.
There is no mortgage payment to make, car repair to schedule, or vacation to plan.
No groceries to buy, dinners to prepare, kids to take care of (vet made sure of that) and not a care about home maintenance projects left undone.
If I had to hazard a guess, Rocky’s thought process is 100 percent focused in the moment. No distractions, no dialogue playing in his head about what he should be doing, shouldn’t be doing, or what some other cat done wrong to him.
He’s just living his life, one heart beat at a time.
Last night I attended a prayer vigil at my wife’s request. A young mother of two faces her tenth surgery in a two-year period to try to repair a life threatening condition. The doctors have told her this long shot is her last chance for recovery. If this procedure does not work they simply don’t know what else to try.
Friends and family prayed, cried and comforted each other. As the service drew to a close, this brave women addressed us all. She called her experience a blessing. As strange as that sounds, what she told us made sense.
We all have friends or family members that were forced by illness to bring life’s hectic pace to a screeching halt. As I heard last night, these folks preach the value of enjoying every moment. To cherish life instead of chasing after it. To make sure your to-do list includes some living, not just a lot of doing.
Maybe, just occasionally, we humans should follow are pets around for a day. Eat a meal, take a nap. Snuggle with a loved one. Play with a friend. Bury our messes in the liter box and forget about them. No worries, no cares, just enjoy the day. I’ll note one exception here; don’t try chasing your tail, that’s a behavior pets picked up by watching crazy humans.