Beginnings and Endings

This is not the post I had planned for today, my birthday. But life happens and it also ends. Today news came that a long-time blogger’s rescue cat, Harrison, finally succumbed to a long illness.

Imagine this kitty waiting all day for his person to come home from work, hanging on long enough to get to the vet, and only there yielding to the inevitable, that the little fellow was finally dying.

His person had taken him in first as a foster, ten months ago, at a time, even then, when Harrison’s health was shaky. I smiled when the person posted the decision to keep Harrison, calling it a “Foster Failure.” As I commented then, “best failure I ever heard.”

In this terrible time, when a “yuge” portion of this country has apparently taken leave of its senses, let this be a call-out to those whose open-heartedness, decency, and generosity matter so much more.

At a time like this, the Buddhists point the way to the aspiration. Here is the Great Bell Chant from Thich Nhat Hanh.


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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8 Responses to Beginnings and Endings

  1. kittiesblue says:

    Please convey our condolences to Harrison’s humans. These losses after only being able to give a kitty the love it deserves for a short amount of time can be the worst. May Harrison Rest in Peace. Happy Birthday. Our mom’s is Monday next week. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  2. Connie says:

    May there be blessings for you on your birthday even surrounded by that sad news.

  3. amba12 says:

    May his memory be for a blessing.

  4. Herman says:

    It’s always so painful when you read posts about pets that passed away.
    Harrison was a beautiful little boy, he will be missed for sure.

  5. Summer says:

    So sad. 😦 But at least Harrison was deeply loved in his last months.

  6. Wazeau says:

    Harrison will be missed. And Happy birthday!

  7. Anne Daigle says:

    I follow Three Cat Yard and they both tried so hard to get healthy. His final illness puts one in mind of Tennessee Williams’ poem in the Night of the Iguana–“How Calmly Does the Olive Branch”.

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