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Eye on the Prize


Have you ever watched a cat playing with a laser light? Ours will chase that red dot endlessly, racing across the floors and bouncing off the walls to try to catch the "red bug".  Obviously, they are never able to capture it, even if it lands on their paw, but this doesn't deter them from trying. They never tire of the game.  In fact, as soon as Papa Bear reaches for the little laser light on the end table the cats go on alert, watching his every move and waiting for the red dot to appear.  It fascinates me that they somehow know the little object on the key chain is connected with the appearance of the red bug, and the fun is about to commence.  I am also amazed that they never tire of the game.  They will chase it, tumbling over each other in the process, until they have expended every bit of energy they have in reserve; and despite the fact that they never achieve their goal of capturing the bug, tomorrow they will be just as eager to try again and just as determined to succeed. 

There is a lesson provided by watching cats with a laser light. They acting on instinct.  Instinct tells them to capture anything that appears edible.  They don't spend a lot of time pondering their action, the size of the prize, or how likely they are to fail.  They just do it!  Not only that, but they enjoy the process of pursing their goal!  They are having fun with the game of life! 

I think it's important for us to remember that life isn't all about the achieving our goals or winning the prize.  What we do along the way is just as important.  We need to have hope, we need to persevere, we need to try again when we fail, and above all, we need to have some fun on the journey! 

6 comments:

  1. You post convinced me that most of my misery is due to the fact I stew in my own juices...worry...try to fix things...KEEP trying even when it's an old subject matter. Yet beloved animals are in the moment, never considering the fact their moment could end quickly. Just enjoying what it is while they have it.

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    1. The first week I moved to Texas to start my life with Papa Bear, he wound in the hospital with a heart attack that could easily have cost him his life. That was my reality check, Lotta Joy! I know now that we must live in the present, and make each day count (even the rough ones that we'd rather skip altogether), because we never know when this could be our last day, or the last day of someone we cherish. It's good to try to change what we can, but we must also come to terms with things we can't change, and find a way to be at peace and enjoy life regardless of what it might bring.

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  2. Such an important lesson Josie! Enjoy life -- it's the only one we have. The journey is the destination.

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    1. Just as it says at the top of my blog, Louise, "Life is not a problem to solve, it is a mystery to experience"... and what a wonderful mystery it is! We can learn to dance in the storms, even if we are getting rained on! :-)

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  3. Great post, my Friend. Important things to remember. Even if you can't dance in the rain, you can sing. If you don't know the words, hum. But, at the end of the day, know you spent it participating. Life is not a spectator sport...and while no one person wins, some lose.
    P.S. Go easy on John; don't wear him out! ;)

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    1. LOL, Annie, John's made of sturdy stock. That he's survived me these past four years is a testament to that! :-) I love what you say about singing, or even just humming along... life is to be lived, if we avoid all the risks - and there are many - we also miss out on all the good stuff! It balances out in the end I think!

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