If you’ve been here a hot second you know I’m a massive animal lover. I have more pets than the average person and probably more than I should. I can’t help myself I’ve always loved animals. You’ve probably met Boo, my fluffy white and black cat. He’s quite the diva and somewhat of a camera hog. He ends up in lots of photoshoots for the blog, posing like I paid him.
He’s quite the typical cat in the fact that he snuggles when he wants to but casually ignores us when he’s not in the mood. Often when we’re sitting together Boo reminds me of so many different things that I thought I would share with you today. If you learn lessons from your animals, I’d love to hear them in the comments. Surely I’m not the only crazy animal lover in the crowd!?
- Boo is a pound kitty. Possibly one of the greatest finds ever to come from a pound in my opinion. Most people are floored that a cat this beautiful came from the local shelter. He’s a great reminder that the cast offs and unwanteds have so much value and purpose when they’re given an opportunity. I always think pound animals know they were rescued and saved and somehow have a more grateful heart. It’s exactly how I feel. When you’ve been redeemed, when you’ve been saved and you’re well aware of the alternative, thankfulness and grace come so much louder. It’s important to remember about yourself and even more important to see in others. Sometimes people just need a chance at redemption. You never know their back story.
- Boo frequently insists to rest in my lap. He does this with loud meows and strong nose nudges. Sometimes he wants me to pet him but most of the time he just wants to snuggle. And I’m reminded that the people I love most probably want more of that too. Just to sit, just to be together, no bells or whistles, no adventures or hoops to jump through, just sweet time snuggling and loving each other’s presence. I will fully admit in this busy world I don’t do this enough with the ones that I love and Boo is the one who convicts me of this weekly if not daily. He calls out the Martha in me and begs for the Mary to come out and sit still.
- Boo is demanding. Not really in a bad way but he certainly isn’t shy about letting me know what he needs. Trust me, if he can see the bottom of his food bowl, we all hear about it. Sometimes isn’t that what we all need to do? Be more vocal about the things we need from one another instead of holding it in or waiting for someone to guess what we’re thinking. Because the truth is, I want to be a good cat mom and give Boo what he needs and it’s a much easier job when he tells me exactly what that is. And while sometimes those needy conversations and relationships might be hard, they’re better. It’s better to know how to serve one another than for needs to go unsaid and unmet because we’re scared to cry out for help or attention or snuggles.😹 If a cat can do it, surely I can too.
- If cats are good at anything they’re good at rest. 😴 Boo has never met a nap he didn’t love. I think if he wrote a resume he would definitely put napping as one of his strong suits. It’s a quality he excels in. And while that can be construed as lazy and some days I definitely call him lazy, napping and resting is so necessary. Sometimes we need to be like a cat and give in to our demanding bodies. We need to give ourselves permission to let our bodies and our minds and our souls and our hearts just rest…like a cat. There will still be mice to chase and food to eat in an hour, or seven. 🤣
- Another thing that Boo is amazing at is making himself at home wherever he lands. It’s kind of a great quality and one I admire. Sometimes he lands in places I would prefer he didn’t, but at the end of the day he reminds me he is more important than my things. And all relations are more important than things. He doesn’t sit back and wait for an invitation, he jumps right in. Sure he jumps in my doll house and rearranges the furniture to make it his cozy nap spot – but I don’t care. I’d rather have him in my life happy, well rested, fun and snuggly than a dollhouse that looks picture perfect all the time.Sometimes we have to rearrange our ideas to allow for the people and things we love. We have to make room because they’re way more important. We can’t always wait to be included in the spots we want, sometimes we have to forgo the invite and just show up. A little cat hair on a couch, a little clawing somewhere I wish it wasn’t, a sudden cat nap in my lap when I’m busy – they’re all an easy trade-off for the love that this fuzzball gives me. And it helps me to remember that sometimes relationships are hard and they scratch and they’re fuzzy but they’re so worth it.
Tell me what kind of insight you get from watching your pets or the bird of the sky. God’s lessons are everywhere if we look for them!
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