Sunday, January 9, 2011

From Cowardly to Courageous

My little cat, Jack, advances even further in the direction of being fully alive.  Once wounded, this now strong kitty first relearns how to purr.  Then he figures out how to meow again.   Then, he moves past his wounds and chooses to love and serve others.  Finally, he begins to master basic feline behaviors like kneading. 

My daughter asks me, "Mom, what else will Jack do as he becomes more and more like a healthy cat?"  I have no idea.  But we wait and we watch.

Recently, a friend delivers a gift to our three cats.  It's a huge, fluffy cat bed to sit by my rocking chair.  But we have three cats.  Who will get this soft bed?   Jack has no chance, especially with that one cat (Louie,  alpha male) who dominates every household scene.  Normally, Jack cowers around the others.  The three cats stand there, observing this amazing bed. 

Then it happens.  Jack moves forward and claims the bed for his own.  He transforms from cowardly to courageous right before our eyes.  He kneads the bed, turns a few circles, and has slept there ever since. 

I watch that little cat, and I remember God's work as Healer.  

On our way to recovering from whatever wounds us, we suddenly realize the plans in store for us.  One day, we find we have the courage to move forward, claim our dreams, and stand up to those that threaten us.  We discover our place.   We find we are so healthy that nobody even remembers where we came from or how we were wounded. 

We find we are fully alive, doing all the things we were meant to do.  Nothing holds us back. 


Jenni Bamer-Mahute said...

your post was just what i needed to read this morning...everyday i move one more step to finding "my place" and feel more alive and aware...your blog is such a blessing to me.

E.M.B. said...

That's great! So I wonder why your other cats did not claim the bed for themselves. It is interesting the way animals communicate with one another. For example, if one cat has food and the other doesn't, they communicate to see who will get the food, or if they will share it.

jenny_o said...

How wonderful! I'm so glad Jack was the one to get the cushy new spot.

Dianna said...

I love reading stories about Jack; good for him getting the comfy bed!
And thank you for the lesson on courage.

Tammie said...

Woo Hoo Jack! So happy he got the bed.

Noreen said...

aahhhh, just what I needed to read today. It lets me know that spirit will shine. Thank you.

Jenni Bamer said...

This is still one of my favorites! I again find myself wounded and striving for courageous...but I did it once and I can do it again. Your posts are a blessing...xo