The Wisdom Within Each Moment

Catching Your Prey (first published 2012)

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Living with two kitty friends who are polar opposites of one another offers many opportunities to observe the different approaches they take at just about everything. Thai for example, jumps at anything that moves. Sometimes he gets what he’s after, but more times than not, he misses and ends up falling flat – his prey rolling away and out of his reach. This does not seem to faze him though. He just moves on to something else. Lily on the other hand, studies her prey – even if it is a non-moving object like a paper wad on the couch. She’ll watch it for a while and then just before she strikes, her eyes go dark, she squints and lunges. She never misses. She never falls or looses her prey. She’ll play with it until she tires of it and then take a nap. This characteristic may have more to do with her being a Taurus than a cat, but nevertheless it is very effective. Perhaps if we go through our lives just jumping at one thing or another, we never really accomplish what we’re after. We could get hurt, definitely get frustrated and sometimes lose sight of what we wanted in the first place. I think it might be better to be watchful and observant – mindful of what is going on around us. If we wait for the right opportunity and stay focused on our goal, it is always obtainable. It may not turn out to be what we wanted after all, but like Lily, we can play with it for a while and then take a nap.

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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