The Golden Eye of Acknowledgment

There are some things in this world I’m just not willing to, I just don’t want to, accept.

“Acceptance” feels supine.  It tastes of assent, agreement.  There are some things — many things — in this world on which, were I to agree, I’d choke.

For those things, I prefer “acknowledgment.”  I want to take those things in as they are, digest them, extract whatever nourishment I can from them —

— and as for the rest —

— cat-guardians know what happens next.

The Japanese call a certain taste “umami.”  It’s a pleasant, savory flavor.  Like ripe tomatoes, mushrooms.  There’s salty, sweet, tart; there’s umami.

And then there’s the bitter.

Bugs turns, on the outside world, the golden eye of acknowledgment.

About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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10 Responses to The Golden Eye of Acknowledgment

  1. Bugs,
    Hmmm…I thought we were going to get something more graphic about the joy of furballs with all that talk of digesting and extracting and such. Instead we get some obscure philosophy and language lessons. One never knows what your crazy Bean will write about. I think anyone who is looking for tags actually relating to “hacking”, “horking”, “yacking” or “hurling” will be very disappointed. Hakidashimasu!

    • nadbugs says:

      Arigatou gozaimasu, JhaJha. I see you understand that she doesn’t pay sufficient attention to me. So haki masu I must. Except I’ve moved on from the mere dashi. I find the chankonabe leaves a better — that’s to say, more “pronounced” — stain.

  2. typist for JhaJha, the Petite Panther says:

    I happen to love the post. Thank you, Anita. I always enjoy your insight, intelligence, wit and warmth.

    • nadbugs says:

      I could not stop laughing, Dawn. Bugs came over to see what was the matter. I tried to explain. In response he haki’d the chankonabe. Excuse me while I go invoke Yama Paper Towel.

  3. Christine says:

    Yes, the bitter bezoars of life…yuck.

  4. I CANNOT top bezoar. Nope, not even gonna try. Holy Cod.

  5. It is going to take some thought for me to digest all of this. And I learned a new word too. What a day this is!! =^..^=

    • nadbugs says:

      Good one, Julia! Digest! and then whoops comes the rest! –Bugs

      Dear Julia, please pay no attention to Bugs. Thank you for taking this post as seriously as I intended. I don’t know what kind of day you were having when you wrote — but I really hope it was an enjoyable one. –Anita

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