This is perhaps my favourite picture of Grizelda Zoé. She was nine weeks old, and already an old soul. We were experiencing what was to be the third worst snowstorm on record (for NE Illinois). She and I watched the blizzard, content to be safe and warm together. Very zen in thought and action, Grizelda is still the most like me. ♥
There is an obvious universal need for more positive energy. And, we can all be part of this affirmative change. I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!
I hope you will join us, and invite others to. Link up your positive quote, or inspirational words. Please be sure to add the Sparks badge to your post, so others can find it easily. Peace.
Happy Valentine’s Day! May you have love in your life every day, and may you share it!
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You can teach an old dog new tricks. In two years, Kenzie has come a long way with us. She used to be afraid of anyone who got too close to her. Physically, she would freeze in place. But, she kept her distance emotionally, too. Kenzie seemed to always expect the worst.
With consistent rules, routine, healthy diet and treat program, we all wore her down. Of course, at the root of all of this is love. Gradually, Kenzie caught onto this. She learned that Stella is her BFF, sister, and her anchor. Of course, Stella is the reluctant alpha-dog. Yet, she showed Kenzie the ropes, as well as the finer things in life.
Kenzie learned that good manners will get you healthy treats. She learned how to sit still, and how to shake hands (“Friends?”). She learned the wonders of freedom in a huge fenced yard, too. And, that squirrels are very fast. Kenzie learned about being a family dog.
Kenzie learned about comfy beds, and that they can be shared with cats. Who knew? She also found out that cats are actually pretty cool. Choe Jo taught Kenzie how to cuddle. She learned how to accept love.
It took Kenzie quite awhile to realize that this is a permanent arrangement. Once she realized that we are all safe and that she is safe with us, she developed separation anxiety. She could not bear the thought of Stella being away from her. She was terrified if we left home without her. Her panic was obvious. That was when Kenzie started carrying our socks around. She would steal them, put them in her bed, and sleep with them. She still does. But, it’s okay, because she feels better when she has our socks.
At eleven years old, Kenzie is right where she is meant to be. She is safe, loved, spoiled, and happy. She has several cat siblings who hang around her. She loves to run and gets the zoomies at least once a day. Her Sheltie sister, Stella, helps her run them off. When the zoomies are all depleted, there are nice comfy beds to relax in. She is happy, secure, and she is Home.
Life is good. Right, Kenzie? Happy, happy, happy. We plan on keeping it that way, too.
The Cat on My Head
Everyone has the same basic human needs. We all want food, shelter, clothing, etc. We all want to be loved, and to have someone that we can love. We want to be accepted for who we are. In these basic things, we are the same.
We are born with a genetic code. Then, heredity and environment join to shape us. From that, we develop our own personality. We express ourselves in unique ways. These are the things that make us different. From childhood, we seek to find someone who totally, completely “gets” us. When we do find someone who accepts us just as we are, it is a wonderful thing. When we find someone who is like us and can celebrate that which makes us “different”, it is truly special!
May you always be accepted and loved for who you are, and may you appreciate those who do. Celebrate that connection together. It is a blessing.
Have a wonderful weekend doing what you love with those you love. See you soon!
Each Thursday, my co-host, Ellen of 15andmeowing, and I provide Friendly Fill-In statements. On Friday, we post our answers with a link-up for you to join us with your own responses. We hope you will copy and answer these on your own blog, but remember to link up here. If you need help, please let us know.
Week 92: February 9, 2018
1. The Winter Olympics .
2. I think the most romantic movie (or book) is .
3. Recently, I had an odd experience when .
4. I believe that love .
It had been a long hard road just to get here together. Jessie had been so ill, and so afraid, for so very long. After all their years together, she alone was now settled into a nursing home.
But, he knew just what to say; he knew what she needed to hear. This marriage vow renewal was the very best medicine.
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