“No amount of time can remove the memory of a good cat; and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his (or her) fur from your couch.” LEO DWORKEN
God put cats in our world to teach us patience and unconditional love.
My friends, this is happy music. “Good Vibrations” was a hit in 1966 composed and produced by Brian Wilson. It’s the stuff which entertained us at sock hops, cruising down Market Street on Saturday nights, picnicking at the beach. THE BEACH BOYS popularized a genre of music which did not focus on the Vietnam War, protests, and street violence. Their toe-tapping sounds gave way to the soul’s underside with the advance of THE ANIMALS, ROLLING STONES, BOB DYLAN, JANIS JOPLIN, JIMI HENDRIX, DOORS carrying us to darker spaces.
A blogger, unless blogging for profit, tends to trek through hills and valleys of creativity. Some days simply do not inspire anything worth writing. It could be laziness, but the truth of the matter is that quite often the weight of the world is overwhelming. Wearied to the core by social, political, and religious upheavals continually bombarding all the media screens and soul’s conscience, there are times when retreat is necessary.
For many Vietnam War era men and women, the protest days are over. Instead, there’s a place to go where the eagles fly high, the rivers run deep, the grass is lush. In that place it is peaceful and kind, no violence nor intolerance. Whenever solace and rest are needed, this internal heaven can be right here and right now or it can be a million miles away. Joyfully, in that space the good vibrations of the soul embrace a higher calling.
Aha! You thought this post would be about the Monkees. What? You don’t know who the Monkees are? Good Lord, you must be a young thing.
Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones, an English actor and singer, set American teeny boppers afire from 1966 to 1971. Their TV series of the same name aired from 1966 to 1968. It was fun entertainment that by today’s standards would be classified as ‘corny’. Was I a big fan? Not really. ‘Too mature’ for their antics I preferred The Doors, The Animals, and Led Zeppelin. But, “I’m a Believer” from the Monkees has had staying power with me through all the years which have seen me swing from hard rock to disco to contemporary Christian to classical to my favorite today – anything that doesn’t give me a headache and puts me to sleep. Yep. Meditation music rocks.
I’m a believer. Are you? What do you believe? Has anyone challenged your beliefs? Has anyone told you that what you believe is wrong? If you follow the pack, then being called a non-believer by a believer is disturbing. If you are the pack, then it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans….unless you don’t believe in you. Then it can be unbelievably disturbing. But I believe in you.
“I don’t believe that heaven waits
for only those who congregate.
I like to think of God as love,
he’s down below, he’s up above.
He’s watching people everywhere,
he knows who does and doesn’t care
and I’m an ordinary man,
sometimes I wonder who I am.” DON WILLIAMS
My cat, Max, and I are very similar. He looks for his food bowl when he’s hungry, he toilets himself when necessary, he washes himself whether he needs to or not, and he looks for human companionship when lonely. The one thing which I wish he could learn is to brush his teeth every day. I haven’t given up – even Max is still a work in progress.
Actually, Max is better at some things than I am. He always manages to find time for several naps during the day and, coolest of all, he finds the tiniest sliver of sunshine in the front room of the house to bask and replenish from a tough day of doing nothing. I’m envious.
“Just living is not enough….one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Hans Christian Andersen
Max has no idea what a joy he is in my life. He simply does what cats are created to do. Same with the flowers in the fields, the birds in the air, animals in the woods, pelicans, alligators, fish. Only humans seem to stumble and trip over the meaning of man’s place in the world.
There is much we could learn by sitting on a park bench, hiking in the woods, watching a sunset or a pelican fishing for dinner. God gave us innumerable examples of what was intended for us if we would simply be still and observe His other creatures.
My cat, Max, hasn’t given up on me yet. He still meows when he’s got something to share, purrs when he’s at peace, and lies in the sun where life is wonderful. So much wisdom to gather from God’s creation. I wish I were not such a slow learner.