When you are a cool cat and you live life The Mew Way, deciding on who should be your country’s next president is a cinch!
Simply, ask yourself:
1. Does this person like animals and people who love animals?
2. Does this person appreciate the value of taking a good nap?
3. Will this person furnish the White House with very comfy furniture, including lot’s of pillows, warm rugs, and left over UPS boxes?
4. Is this person liberal when it comes to spending money on tuna?
5. Does this person have a kind heart and gentle hand?
6. Will this person keep me and my family safe?
7. Does this person support equal rights for four legged creatures?
8. At the end of the day, will this person keep the country (and world) purring along contentedly?
There ya go folks. Mew has put his paws down on what makes purrfectly good sense this election night. He has now agreed to keep his mom company as she awaits the election results by her computer…
Good night, Mew. Thank you, sweet friend!
I hate to break the news to you, but you will more than likely not get a good night sleep tonight if you do any of these ten things:
1. Wait until the last minute to get a project done that is due tomorrow or
2. Cram for an exam that is tomorrow (and you’ve had weeks to prepare)…
3. You start an argument with your spouse right before bedtime.
4. You down a ton of iced tea late in the afternoon or early evening.
5. Practice regret (any kind of regret and it does not matter the degree: your choice of careers, mate, or what you ordered for dinner at the fancy
6. You start thinking about the bills piling up in the drawer…
7. Watch a zombie movie or any movie that disturbs you.
8. Reading anything that excites or disturbs you.
9. Have that after dinner coffee…
10. You haven’t exercised today and your body is feeling “squirrelly”.
I realize this is not the most pleasant list that The Warm Milk Journal has come up with.
The good news is:
1. We are all human and we all do things that hijack our peace and chances of getting a good night sleep. Just breathe, (laugh if you can), and forgive your human-ness). You’ll do better tomorrow. Forgive, let go….
2. We have the freedom and power of making choices for ourselves. Nothing need be permanent. Circumstances (real or perceived) need not control our well being. If we have a pile of unpaid bills at the moment, so what? We will get to them tomorrow when we are ready to take care of business. Those bills are molehills. They are only mountains now because it is late at night, you want to sleep, but your semi-conscious brain wants to rattle its cage a bit… ignore it. It will get bored when nobody is paying attention to it.
Here’s an excerpt from my cat Mew’s exclusive interview with Malibu… (his first, by the way)…
So Malibu, I absolutely freak out during New Years and Fourth of July when those loud fireworks upset my peaceful feline world, how do you handle living with a family who works with very loud firearms?
I do not like them! But Paige usually keeps me away from the range and if they do fire guns around me she makes sure I’m in someone’s arms and covers my ears!
Do you like to nap as much as I do?
I love naps! It’s my favorite hobby!
I like to hang out and help my mom when she writes or cooks. What do you like to help Paige with?
Naps! I’m definitely her cuddle buddy.
I live for watching the birds and squirrels raiding the feeder on our family’s back patio, the sound of the tuna can getting opened, and of course, my mom coming home from work. What gets you excited?
Kids! I love little kids, I always get excited when I see one because they are the most fun to play with! And they’re closer to my size.
For me, life is The Mew Way, so it’s all about love, not stressing about much (except for when I’m getting stepped on, my dish is empty or my litter box is full). What if anything, stresses you?
Chaos, I love a calm happy vibe, and when things are too crazy I get really stressed out.
Thank you for this purrfectly nice interview, Malibu (for a dog, you seem to be okay).
I’m barely a dog, I’m probably smaller than you!
When dealing with others, Mew does this:
1. With people he loves: he greets them, purrs at them, kisses them, cuddles them, adores them, and keeps them company wherever they may be.
2. With strangers: he is kind, greets them warmly, and is open to their affection.
3. If Mew is confronted with a hostile creature (human or animal), he will be open at first… for perhaps his gentle acceptance will change the other’s way…(convert them to The Mew way…) For self preservation, if the hostility continues, Mew will have his say and then retreat.
4. If an unkindness or indignity is experienced by Mew (such as being stepped on or sat on), he may squawk at first but then all is forgiven and let go of quickly (for The Mew Way has no need for holding grudges).
In peace (thanks to The Mew Way),
Debra and her ever-sweet cat, Mew.
You know you have not had enough sleep when:
1. You pour yourself a cup of coffee and place the carafe in the refrigerator instead of back on the coffee pot.
2. You forget to brush your hair in the morning.
3. Your glasses are on your head (something you realize after you’ve spent ten minutes looking all over your house and the inside of your car for them).
4. A Venti Cappucino at Starbucks still doesn’t pick you up.
5. You can really relate to the mindset of your cat. Looking out the window perched on the couch is THE thing to do.
Here’s to getting a restful sleep tonight and every night (and when we don’t, poking fun at ourselves just a bit)!
The company we keep is important. Moods can be contagious. We can’t always choose, however, who we live with or work with. What do we do if someone close to us is cranky?
Many of us are sensitive and it can be very stressful when a loved one or co-worker or boss is in a less than agreeable mood.
This morning, I offer you:
Eight things to do if someone close to you is grumpy!
1. You may choose to just ignore them.
2. Tickle them.
3. Stick your tongue out at them until they smile (may not be appropriate if it’s your boss).
4. Breathe, and know it’s not you…it’s their stuff!
5. Take a walk. Exercise does wonders to reduce stress in the body.
6. You may confront them directly. They may not realize just how sour-pussy they are being. You may even get an apology!
7. Write your frustrations out either in your journal or write the grouch a letter (you may not want to give it to them but just writing your feelings will make you feel better).
8. Don’t take their bad mood personally! Their behavior does not have to affect you if you don’t let it!
I highly recommend Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements. The second agreement he talks about in chapter three: “Don’t Take Anything Personally” has been very helpful advice for me in my life.
My wishes for this Monday:
1. That when challenges come up, I see the bigger picture and keep a healthy perspective,
2. I speak with gentle power,
3. I act on what I believe in and what I know is right,
4. I inspire others by the way I spend my day,
5. In the process, I learn a little bit more about why I am here, and
6. Lastly, may I experience some lightness, play, and laughter as well!
To a magnificent Monday and new week ahead!