D31: Follow the River, and the Cat
Thu, Feb 01 12:00 AM
A soft blanket of powdery snow covers my world outside. The town is quiet. Birds at my feeders sing their winter songs and pull silly bird antics. I go out to walk in the snow--I love the sound--I follow the prints of an orange and white cat I see sulking around my feeders. Remember Dennis the menace? Some cartoons were nothing but small boy footprints, from football to tree to the candy store to a friends house...the cat prints are like that. Under a pine, across a yard, around a bush alongside frantic bird tracks, through a crack in a wooden fence, down a hill where they stop at several apt doors, circling around more bird tracks, chasing a rabbit...what a day that cat has! I finally trace him, I think, to an empty house for sale. In the snow he walked to the front door, sat, then walked to the back, sat some more. Then walked away. I think they left this handsome boy. I hate that. Outdoor cats live at most two years, and have a rough go of it, never mind the unwanted litters and the fights and and.. Well. I already took in one beauty who was dumped. This guy I'll feed until we're friends and then I'll take him an hour away, to the no-kill shelter. Meanwhile I wish him a warm place to sleep in this cold. So! Today I solved the cat mystery. I walked in this fabulous snow, I got some exercise! I've done a lot of work the past three weeks taking action on things. Day 31 brings me, for the first time since hurricane Katrina, a feeling of contented peace. It's nice. To feel this good. Whatdayaknow. Coach is right. When I address the present so I know I'm doing all I can to improve my life today, and I envision a future, so I feel hope and enthusiasm, when I share these things with a positive, wonderful community, I come to feel serene, and happy. Not because everything is fantastic. It's not. (yet). I just feel GREAT.