The Wisdom Within Each Moment

Chasing Squirrels

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Thai and Lily are house cats. That means a lot of things. For one, they never go outside. The rest of it consists of the humongous amount of pampering and spoiling that goes on in this house. Some may think it sad that they will never climb a tree or chase a squirrel. But cats, like humans are amazingly adaptable. There is a power line that crosses our back yard and attaches to the house. Each day dozens of squirrels make the journey from the chestnut trees in the back, over the house and to the oak tree in the front. Thai and Lily “chase” the squirrels with all of the gusto of an alley cat after its prey. They sit on the bathtub or in the hall outside the bathroom door and watch for hours. If the bathroom window is open (where the line passes to the house) they jump in the window and posture for the kill. When the unsuspecting squirrel runs by Thai will jump down from the window and crouch and lunge back up again as the squirrel disappears over the house. Lily never takes her eyes off the target and both of them suspect that the squirrel has entered the house somewhere so they promptly begin the search. True they never catch the squirrel, but neither do most cats in the wild. It is the excitement of the hunt that thrills them. From their house cat perspective, this is the way to chase a squirrel and nothing is lacking in the excitement of game. It’s too bad that we, with our conscious awareness of how things should be, can’t enjoy things as they are – the way that house cats can.


Author: Lessons: The Wisdom Within Each Moment

Teresa Sue McAdams’ articles have appeared in various newsletters, publications and blogs. Her book, “Lessons: The Wisdom Within Each Moment” was published in 2012. She teaches classes on meditation, spirituality and tai chi and has been an intuitive counselor for over thirty five years. Teresa’s undergraduate work was in journalism and psychology and she earned a doctorate in 2006. She has sought answers all of her life and sometimes sees them in every ordinary moment. Teresa lives across the river from Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, Ben and four cat friends, Thai, Lily, Melody and Oz.

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