A neighbor called me yesterday to ask if we had lost a cat. Everyone around us knows that we love cats. When I said that we hadn’t, she replied, “My husband hates cats and so I was just hoping that he was yours. He is so friendly. ” I told her that I’d call another neighbor (who has lost their cat a few times) but if it wasn’t theirs, I asked that she call me before letting her husband take care of the situation.
We can’t adopt another cat but if she calls, we’ll pick this one up, bring him (or her) home, and then take it from there. I needed to stop my mind from going down two tracks that it really wanted to take: 1. judging that man, and 2. wondering how we would find a home for this cat. Neither anger nor fear would get me the result that I wanted which was a happy resolution for all.
It’s hard for me to imagine someone “hating” cats (or any group of animals, for that matter) but I cannot dwell on that or the feelings of hate start to make their way into my heart.
Is there a situation in your life that you feel is “wrong” and makes you feel bad when you consider it? Why not try, just for the weekend to suspend all judgement and see what happens.
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – From Shakespeare’s Hamlet