Last night I washed the sheets, and that seems to be the call for game time for all the animals. But last night was the funniest of all the game times I have ever seen. I normally prefer to do this when my husband is at home so he can help with making the bed because it’s tough to wrestle the sheets on a king sized bed when the cats and dogs decide it’s time to lay on the clean sheets before the bed is fully made. But I got the fitted sheet almost complete when I turned around and there was Donald the cat in a position that I can only describe as being reminiscent of a yoga position, legs in an extended straight V shape with his tail between his legs, except Donald had his front paws around the outside of his back legs, catching the tip of his tail with his mouth by biting it and doing cartwheel like maneuvers in a big circle all around the bed. I wish I had a camera to capture the action because it was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen, ever, out of any of my animals. I don’t think he knew it was his tail that he was getting, and it kept getting away from him, and the faster it got away the faster he went after it. He rolled and rolled, around and around, and he kept picking up speed until I got to laughing so hard he stopped to look at me and then that was the end of the game. That five minutes was a special kiss from the universe. I feel sorry for people that don’t have this joy in their lives. They simply don’t know what they’re missing! And that’s the point of this post. How often do we got so caught up in the activities of our daily lives that we miss out on the special moments of living, like this one. I could have been in such a hurry, and I have been at times in the past, where my first response is to remove Donald from the bed so I can get it made. I would have missed out on his antics, and missed out on the laughter that was a gift to my soul. Every day we spend dollar upon dollar in search of the next big thing that’s going to get us to Nirvana. If we stop for a moment and take stock of what we have right in front of us, we already have it in our pets. Eckhart Tolle summed it up best when he said ‘I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.’ So before you decide you need the next designer drug to cure what ails you, or another drug to cure the symptoms caused by the last drug you were prescribed to cure your latest ailment, take a moment and see if just being in the moment with your beloved doesn’t make you forget about your aches and pains, maybe even takes that stress and blood pressure close to normal, and put you back into that frame of mind where life is once again a state of being that you can handle without keeping the pharmaceutical industry stocks at all time highs on the Dow. It’s time we took back our health in a more natural way and at the same time save the animals that have no one to love them that are wasting away at the shelters. They need to love you just as much as you need to be loved, so it’s a win-win proposition. Do it today. Take that moment for you. It’s the best thing you’ll do for yourself all day. Be fully present. Feel your beloved’s fur beneath your fingers. Look into their eyes and see the joy they have in seeing you fully present in theirs. Now take what you just learned and apply that method of living into every second of every day. Feel the breeze on your face. Smell the change of seasons. Hear the leaves falling around you. Live in this moment. Be alive. Be the Love your dog believes you to be.
And never forget, it’s only through you the Randolph County Humane Society continues to save lives, one by one.