Day 3342: Herding cats

A manager I know at work sometimes refers to her job as “herding cats.”

Here’s what I find online about herding cats:

Managing people can be like herding cats. Managing thoughts, which can go everywhere — into the future, into the past, miles away from where we actually are, and often to the worst-case scenario — can be like herding cats. People and thoughts are entities which are inherently uncontrollable.

Speaking of entities which are inherently uncontrollable, there’s cats. Yesterday, I didn’t close the front door correctly after we got home after food shopping amongst many unherded people. When the door came open later, our cat Joan (who used to live unherded on the streets of Tennessee with her sisters and lots of kittens) got out. My husband Michael, who was on the phone, noticed the door was open and his unherded thoughts went to disaster (a cat has escaped and is GONE!) but Joan, unherded, walked back in. When Joan jumped up on the sofa next to me, my unherded thoughts tried to figure out why she felt so cold.

We’re all very relieved that Joan didn’t take off — unherded and unheard from again — for warm Tennessee.

Now I’m going to herd my images for today into some sort of order.

I assume that someone on Twitter is going to herd those days into a single celebration, like “I’m going to go to the dentist wearing a dress after getting cavities from eating frozen food, oreo cookies, and white chocolate cheesecake, and getting a medal for finishing all those.”

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “herding cats.”

Now I’ve got to go herd my blood-testing equipment into line and check my INR. Feel free to herd any thoughts and feelings you have about this post into a comment, below.

Thanks to all those who help me herd so many things into this daily blog, including YOU.

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12 thoughts on “Day 3342: Herding cats

  1. Your perishable manager empty slot photo is a winner for me today, Ann.
    Also, as irritable as some of the media can make me these days, I am so thankful our democracy still allows reporting of the news to our citizenry.

  2. I used to use that term herding cats to describe my job back in the day, too. Now days I use it to describe the nonprofit board I sit on. Your cat is beautiful!

  3. Yay, Joan!
    She probably went out to check on the herd.

  4. Luis

    Once again, I learned something new today (herding cats) because of your blog, BTW, Joan’s eyes are amazingly beautiful

  5. I often feel my pk class going anywhere is like herding energetic kittens and I love that

  6. I remember the first time I heard “herding cats” and thought what a brilliant picture it created. It shows cats in a great light, and we humans in our weaker moments! 🙂

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