Cha-Cha sat beside me, purring, staring off into the distance, with me while being in her own world. On a quiet morning, she was good company. As much as I was in the moment, writing, reflecting, and looking forward to the day ahead, her approach was a lesson waiting for its own reflection.
As I look back, remembering the moment, I am under no illusion that Cha-Cha was focused on me. I understand it; she sees life from her self-centric view. Frankly, human beings are convenient for a variety of reasons. Having said this, life is all about the moment at hand. Toys are interesting until they are not. People are to be used, until they are not. Even food is attractive until she is full, and it is not. Her world starts with herself. In the main, it stays there.
It is easy and natural to start and finish with a self-centric view. As important as it is to take care of oneself, life is bigger. We belong in a greater story. We are members of a family and community. Life does not revolve around my needs, as important as they are. Some do not think that way. In the conflict, it is easy to be upset and annoyed. “David was upset about the same thing: I hope they get sick eating self-serving meals, break a leg walking their self-serving ways.” (Romans 11.9)
Starting with oneself and then focusing on others is a healthy approach. It may sound like the safety instruction when one flies. It is based on the same principle. If one is healthy and energetic, one can contribute. Ignoring oneself creates a determinant of the lives and futures of those around you. Taking care of one’s heart and mind creates opportunities to be part of a better future.
Today is an opportunity to take Cha-Cha’s strengths and build on them. I find myself sitting in the sun and silence, remembering as I look ahead. Divinity is within me, ready to help. While I do not know what comes next, I am ready.