It’s difficult in times …

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It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.
― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

My thoughts exactly.  I truly believe this to be so!

Monday 1. CatMan 0

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I have a funny haha “oh Monday” story…this morning I was making my coffee and pouring it into my thermos and no mess there. Usually the spout spills every which way! Now I was trying to pour my half and half in and it missed the thermos completely! It nailed the counter top and then I decided “maybe it was a fluke? Might as well try again!”. NO I did it for the SECOND time too!! 🙂 Monday-1 CatMan-0

Well played Monday….but just remember karma!

Living in fear…

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Why do some people continually chose to live their lives in fear?

That really isn’t living as much as it is settling.  Sitting complacent never gets you very far and in fact the very thought of complacency disgusts me!  Why wallow?  Why say I will put up with this when it is only holding you back?  Make the decision and choose not to live in fear today!  Ask yourself, what in my life am I SO afraid of?  I mean really, our fear is bigger in our head than it is in all actuality, right?  So let’s beat this mental game, choose to over come our fears and start LIVING our life the way we were intended to do!

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What are you sitting complacent for?  CHOOSE to live a greater life over letting your fears control your every move.  What are you going to do today to promote your goals, accomplish your dreams, and live this short life to the fullest?  Stay calm and remember baby steps…

Stand a Little Taller…

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“Whatever you pursue, you will accomplish. Being gentle and steadfast for reaching the best, it will come. You have something very unique about you and success has no bounds.  “Life is always touching you in sublime ways; you sometimes only glimpse it when circumstances emerge to slow you down. The Gentle Wind is a message about steady progress and steadfastness in the face of difficulty.” Being gentle shows the exercise of character. You know your path so move on it gently and with trust. When the decision is made, all things come to you. When pursuing the best, the universe meets you half way to help bring you forward and God is with you all the way.”

Kind words as spoken by my Aunt Mary.  A lot of changes.  A lot physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual changes. This season I am just over all learning to stand a little taller on my own two feet.  I am short in stature, but that doesn’t stop me from striving to be as tall as the GREAT and MIGHTY Sequoia trees.  I keep reaching!  Striving for growth in an upward fashion and I know that all will be just fine.  Baby steps.  This post is more a reflection than anything.  I need to slow down and enjoy where I am at in the moment.  At this VERY moment…for it really could be gone tomorrow.  Savor these times like an awesome coffee tasting. Engage all of your senses.  Smell.  Take some whiffs.  Let the smell infiltrate your senses.  Next take a cautious sip.  Let the flavor linger on your pallet before you choose to swallow.  What is your initial taste?  Is it bitter?  Is it sweet?  Is it maybe the best or worst taste you have ever had in your life up until this point?  Perhaps…but these little tastings, if done in life frequently can increase our awareness and bring us into a new appreciation and understanding.  For life is so very beautiful if we allow ourselves to step back and take advantage of tastings once in a while.

Stand firm.  Stand tall.  Remain faithful and true to yourself and all will be well.

❤ The CatMan

Too Busy for Life…

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We all have had those moments where we feel swamped.  We feel like we cannot take a moment off to truly relax under the sun or perhaps enjoy the gorgeous weather before the world starts drifting toward fall and the arch-nemeses of the CatMan (GASP!) winter.  I think I just vomited thinking about it!  Don’t mind my lack of appreciation for the season…sigh…ANYWAYS, yesterday I had this waking moment as I peacefully drifted in the pool, “It is AUGUST and this is the first time you have put your suit on to swim?  What is wrong with you?”  I laid on my raft and stared up at the clouds…I always loved looking at the clouds even when I was little.  It amazed me that one moment you could be looking at this fluffy translucent wonder and the next second it could be in transition to becoming an elephant….or a T-rex…or disperse completely.  They are whimsical just perfect for a woman with an imagination and a great sense of wonder!

The next thing I noticed was how large the trees look from this perspective, especially this one in particular.  What a beautiful creation!  It was as though I was laying below a sleeping giant and at any moment of freak disturbance it could come to life and take this bathing beauty out!  No such thing occurred on that note.  The tree stood tall with all of its pine needles proudly displayed.  This was a tree of great dignity you see having been one of the oldest on the property.  I was careful not to disrupt this little moment that I was witnessing as the rhythm of nature continued.

There was a slight breeze and the sun shined as bright as ever even though it was later in the evening.  It was unreal, serene really.  Who would have thought that a Sunday afternoon could bring such joy?!  And then the cousins arrived and all peace flew out the door as quickly as it had shown up.  Once everyone was suited up, let the games begin!  From noodle wars to raft wars, whirlpool creation to floating on the lazy river…we had a bit of everything.  When it got to be chilly later on, we moved on to the trampoline and played volleyball.  It was nice to enjoy my siblings and cousins.  There was no work obligations, no pressure to leave at a certain time, and for sure just some good old country time fun!

Because we have had such dry conditions lately, our surrounding counties have been under a burn band.  Yes, no cookouts…no bonfires…no fireworks on the 4th of July!!!  Lame, I know.  Burn band ended a week ago so we also christened the fire-pit.  We ate “s’meers” and “s’mores” by the fire.  It was awesome.  Seriously, the “fat kid” was in heaven last night!

Now, if you are wondering what a “s’meer” is let me tell you it is even more delightful than the original “s’mores”.  Let me educate you….(clearing my throat)…

“Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls!  Step right up to hear about the most exciting thing you will ever hear in the world (lie #1) next to the man walking on the moon!  (lie #2) This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the creation of something so original it will knock your socks off!  (lie #3) You will be so amazed at the complexity of this item as it took YEARS upon YEARS to perfect!  Feast your eyes upon the “SMMEEERRR”!”  OK, literally a “s’meer” was an accident…when my Aunt and Uncle were dating in high school, they sent my Aunt to get chocolate for the group.  Well she got Nestle’s Crunch bars instead of Hershey’s Chocolate bars…that is really what happened. (ABSOLUTE TRUTH! NOTHING BUT THE WHOLE TRUTH I PROMISE!).  A “s’meer” is no more than a s’more using Nestle’s Crunch Bars instead of Hershey’s chocolate.

I have to remind myself from time to time, ditch the calendar and rigid schedule and just enjoy life.  Enjoy every little moment as it could change at any point of time.  Nothing is guaranteed.  Enjoying the little things is such a fantastic little pleasure.  Will you choose to be too busy for life or choose to enjoy every ounce of it?

❤ The CatMan

Survival and Friction

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZp_q_7IExA&feature=endscreen

A little friction can cause a fire.  I like this clip.  Bet you never realized an orange was so flammable!  I didn’t.  It makes sense why I get such heartburn after eating them. 🙂  Well in the same way with our relationships, we too can cause friction and set fires.  These fires can tear us down, beat us up and damage us beyond repair if we do not extinguish them.  Awareness is a necessity of survival.  If we do not recognize the friction between others and own up responsibility for it then how are we ever supposed to prevent a fire from occurring?  We can’t and that is fact.  So the trick here to survival is to be aware.

On a contrasting note, much like farmers slash-and-burn the land sometimes we need to do this with certain relationships in order for a richer more nutrient filled soil can exist.  Cultivation of GOOD and HEALTHY soil for new and wonderful seeds to be planted.  Do you have a trick to survival?  Do you have to have the friction to make it happen sometimes?

Ponder that life question.  HA.  So what fires have started or are you putting out currently??  🙂