Once in a while my cat Mew inspires a “Mew Way” post here at The Warm Milk Journal.
What is the Mew Way?
The Mew Way is:
quick when necessary
easy to please
taking delight in little things
getting plenty of rest
and most importantly,
My cat, Mew, knows a thing or two about living the good life. Here’s his take on what life is not about.
Life is not about:
Once again, Thanks Mew!
Thinking of the many blessings in our life is a guaranteed feel-good activity. Keeping a gratitude journal helps us to focus on what we are thankful for on a more regular and consistent basis.
Today, this is what my gratitude list would look like:
I am thankful for:
Your turn-what are you grateful for today?
Note: a nice book that I have owned for many years to keep a gratitude journal is The Simple Abundance of Gratitude by Sarah Ban Breathnach. At the start of the book she has a list of 150 often overlooked blessings. There is plenty of room for each day of the year to write down what you are thankful for. I started mine back in 1998 and keep adding entries each year in the side margins or wherever I can find the space. It is fun to reflect back on the richness of my blessed life during its many varied stages and experiences.
Have a blessed day. I am thankful for all of you, dear Warm Milk Journal readers!
Debra : )
Every now and then my adorable cat Mew inspires a post. I write the Warm Milk Journal on my bed with my MacBook (appropriate, huh?) Most of the time Mew is in “his spot”: on the corner of the bed. We have a special brown towel folded on that corner for him and his brother, Patches.
We’ve noticed lately that Mew’s long black fur is turning gray. I grew up with tabby cats so I don’t know if this is normal for a black cat or not. Mew is 7 years old. In cat years he is entering mid life I would say. Now Mew and I are about at the same point in our life spans (I’ll be turning 44 this September).
So mew is turning gray. Is he worrying about it? He doesn’t appear to be, no. Is he examining himself in the mirror looking for wrinkles, sagging skin, and cellulite? Don’t think so.
Middle age doesn’t seem to be phasing Mew one tiny bit. He is just going about his life like he normally does.
The lesson I am learning from my cat is to just live my life. Don’t worry about getting and looking older. I am above the ground. That is good! Not only am I alive but I am healthy and happy and have a rich life. Triply good!
So, I don’t look like I did in my twenties or thirties anymore. The practice of acceptance brings the gift of peace. Resistance to the idea of getting older will only give me anxiety and fear (and perhaps gray hair quicker?). Whereas, being in the Now and being happy with the age I am will bring me happiness and contentment.
Whatever age you happen to be this evening, happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend. Embrace whatever wonderful stage of life you are in. It’s all good. Mew purrs in agreement.
Debra : )
I have the sweetest cat in the world. I really do. He is a very calm, gentle, loving cat. He accepts everybody. He loves people, kids, other cats, and even dogs. He will let anybody pet him. He is never going to make a very good “watch” or “guard” cat (that’s what we have our other cat, Patches for). But if you want sweetness, you got it in Mew.
What can we learn from my cat Mew?
Debra : )
Mew, my adorable long haired black cat, knows how to kick back and enjoy life. I am quite certain that he does not lose much sleep ever.
Here it is, the Mew Way:
1. Don’t worry about the past
2. Don’t fret about the future
3. Be in the now
4. Keep it simple
5. Stay flexible
6. Move when necessary
7. Stretch often
8. Be aware of surroundings
9. Love everybody
10. Run when the can opener is opening that tuna can!
11. Take lot’s of naps
12. Be cute and know you are cute