Two Peas in a Pod
As most of my friends and blog followers know I have two ‘substantial in size’ cats. They are “my guys” I have had them with me since they were 5 weeks old. They are now almost 7 years old. And as I say they are substantial.
Franky and Jonny
Both Franky and Jonny are gental and gracious, easy going (unless cornered) and pose in a manner that lends itself to great beauty. So I was most astonished, the other evening, when I came upon them where the light was rather dim, to find them in disagreement with each other.
As the lighting is bad the two photos are blurry but here is Jonny who is distinctly portlier than Franky and he is definitely taking exception to Franky, who off-camera appeared to be smirking at him. Truly, Jonny is in a most unattractive, undignified pose. (although if you look in the first picture at the top you’ll notice Jonny has always liked to sit in that pose, LOL)
Jonny showing his, um muscular physique.
and the second blurry photo is Jonny pointing out to Franky that he is not a chub!
“I am not chubby, My portions are magnificent … is that clear?”
In a little while all was made up and the evening ended amicably between the two.
Animals are amazing and I love them all. I hope you enjoyed my playful take on my two favorite felines.
I hope all are have a good week and taken a little time out for fun!
Life offers each of us so many components to consider and blend together within the human acts of our daily existence. Life can be a burden to bear, an experience to rejoice in, and it can also be an education where we, hopefully, acquire wisdom and illumination.
I like to regard life as a little bit of each, presenting alternately, choices and challenges, where we determine the mixture. Unfortunately our melange has hardly been what it should and can be.
We fall short in so many ways through greed, avarice, hate and cowardice. Yet, I still remain hopeful that humanity can survive itself, but there is one thing I do know for sure and try never to forget …
“…Life is the most astonishing miracle
of which we are only a tiny piece of its many recipients
and as such life should never – ever – be taken for granted or misused.”
Penny L Howe, 2014
Are you your own person? Congratulations but I caution you to remember the following:
A necessary component of independence will always be the ability to recognize not only one’s right to freedom, but also the acknowledgement (at the same time) of one’s own short-comings; to know that within your sphere of self- determination there also exists a need for others.
An abyss, exists as a deep and bottomless pit and if you were to find yourself within a physical chasm of this kind, there would be no way to remove yourself without the aid from others – and so it is in life. No matter how free, independent and “on our own” you wish to be, you cannot succeed without support.
Autonomy or free will of self, serves no useful function unless it is partnered with the shared need and responsibility of and for others.
Life shared is life well lived. No man or woman is an island, nor should they be. Our need for one another has never been greater than it is today.
Let us build no further gulfs between each other, instead, close the existing gaps. Let us cultivate and grow within (and in spite of) our differences. There can be no autonomous abyss where free thought is coupled with the partnership of love and understanding among all.
Have an excellent week, with great affection,
What does life mean to you …
… and are you a reflection of how you view life?
I’m not referring to the quality of your life or how your feel on any particular day but your overall understanding of what you think and feel of as “Life”!
The word “Life” – as defined using the following words and meanings from Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
- The quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from something not living.
- The sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual.
- The period from birth to death.
- A specific phase of earthly existence.
- A way of living.
- A vital or living being (life form).
- A period of existence.
- (And my own thought - Something More that we don’t understand but know to exist.)
Which of those reflect your own understanding? Are you a little bit of several of those meanings, or do you have your own idea of what “life” means to you?
Life to me is expansive – An unknown but very real and existing essence of a “force” existing in the Universe, the underlying glue in the Universe. Therefore all are imbibed with this “something” that is currently beyond our understanding or rationale. Everything connected to everything else. Always without exception.
I think that perhaps when we define and reflect who we are based solely on life experiences we can forget that sometimes we are more than the sum of all the parts we know of. That, in fact, there is always the potential for … something more waiting to happen to us … or for us to pass on to others.
Keep your life force vital and growing,
All my love to you,
“The essence of existence is to live fully – savor the flavors of life.
The essence of life is to move ever forward – hold love in your heart, but be bold and creative.
The essence of love is to partake and give fully – be passionate in your endeavors.
… It is a wise individual who does not confuse the ‘essences’ with the ‘processes’.”
In other words, live and love fully, but let go of that which would hold you back from being true to yourself.
Penny L Howe, 2014