A few years ago a stray cat, yet another, found its’ way to our door. He was skinny and had flees but was sweet …had obviously been around people. It isn’t even a choice with me whether or not I feed a hungry animal or person…if they show up on my doorstep hungry, they are getting fed. But I instantly started worrying about what to do with him after that.
We already had 6 cats and I knew that we could not take in another. The shelters were not accepting cats either. I had Jack take this photo so we could sent it to friends who might be considering getting a cat….we got replies telling us how cute he was but no takers. After spending several days wrestling with this dilemma (worrying), something happened. Somewhere deep inside of me a voice said, “Just do the right thing for today and do not project into the future”. I felt a wave of peace. I knew what to do in that day: make a box with towels in it, put a heating pad inside, hook it up in our open garage and give him a home…for today.
Our experience with “Padraig” unfolded that way. I “forced” my mind to stay in the day with him. When I found myself worrying about finding him a home, I would say, “For today he has food, shelter and love. Everything is fine.” And it felt fine. When I stopped worrying, I really started enjoying my time with him. He wasn’t even afraid of Luke (our huge dog)…he was a very unusual little guy. Within a few weeks, we easily found him a home, and he happily went with them.
So many of the things that I find myself worrying over …no, everything that I worry about, when I really break it down, is fear of some future “event” involving myself or someone I care about: Fear that we won’t get something that we want, or will get something that we don’t want. I can’t make good decisions in that state of mind…everything looks bleak when I am afraid…life loses it’s joy. I feel alone and helpless.
I forget that I am not alone …that there is a huge power, a universal spirit, working on behalf of all things including me, my sons, and stray cats! There is always a solution to every “problem” that I think I might have. I wonder how I can, at times, forget this? …maybe it’s the human condition, but as humans we are also given the capacity to think and choose…today I choose not to worry…it is going to be a very good day!
I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. ~Mark Twain