Posts Tagged With: ailing cat

Day 2752: Do one thing every day to better yourself

On my staycation this week, I am trying to better myself every day by

  • going on long walks,
  • wearing a mask when I leave the house,
  • appreciating the beauty around me,
  • spending time with my son, who is home from college,
  • getting enough sleep,
  • eating relatively healthily,
  • showing patience,
  • letting go of judgment,
  • being aware of others’ pain and suffering without losing myself in it,
  • taking achievable next steps towards personal and universal goals,
  • coexisting in harmony,
  • speaking up against injustice,
  • expressing my truth,
  • appreciating kindness,
  • taking one day at a time,
  • having fun,
  • listening to music I love,
  • learning new things,
  • reading,
  • writing,
  • laughing,
  • crying,
  • watching enjoyable shows and movies on TV,
  • balancing time for myself with connection to others,
  • maintaining healthy boundaries,
  • letting go of whatever is not serving me well,
  • accepting with serenity what cannot be changed,
  • having the courage to change what can be changed,
  • acquiring the wisdom to know the difference,
  • being in the moment, and
  • sharing photographs.

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Our ailing cat Oscar and my husband Michael (who does not like his picture taken) are bettering themselves every day by spending precious moments together.  I better myself every day by listening to Michael, who said about himself earlier this week: “I can talk a dead monkey down from a tree.” I better explain that’s why I took this photo yesterday:

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Here‘s “Getting Better” by the Beatles, performed live in 2002 by Paul McCartney and others:

If you were to do one thing every day to better yourself, what might that be?

One thing I do every day to better myself is to express gratitude, so thanks to everybody, including YOU.

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Day 2748: A cleaner house

I grew up in a cleaner house than most, because my mother was very clean and neat.

Our house is usually cleaner,  but because our cat Oscar is in the final stages of his life, it’s more of a challenge these days to keep a cleaner house.

Here’s what today’s Daily Bitch Calendar has to say about a cleaner house:

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Here are some recent cleaner family photos from our house:

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I’d rather have our sweet kitty Oscar than a cleaner house.

Here‘s Graham Nash recently performing “Our House,” “Four and Twenty”, and “Teach Your Children”  from his cleaner house:

 

I look forward to comments from your house and here’s gratitude coming at you from our house.

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Day 2746: Does worry help?

“Does worry help?” is a question I have asked many, many (and don’t worry how many) people, over the years.

What’s your first guess, best guess about the answer?

Don’t worry, I’ll tell you answer. It’s a resounding NO.

Yesterday, people discussed the difference between worry and planning AND the difference between worry and caring.

Despite our confusion about those concepts, it is very possible to plan without worry and to care without worry, although separating those out takes work.

Does it help to worry about Oscar during his last days?

No, but it helps to plan and to care.

Does it help to worry about any of my photos here today?

Does it help to worry about procrastination or instant gratification? Coincidentally, last night my son and my husband were discussing the benefits of procrastination. Aaron said that procrastination involves getting a lot of other things done while you’re procrastinating. Also, procrastination makes you work efficiently, because you’re doing things quickly at the last minute.

Am I worried about my son? No.

Does worry help as I look for a dance number from Top Hat, which Oscar and I watched yesterday?

Does it help to worry about the weather? Not according to Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

Does gratitude help? Always.

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