Monday, June 4, 2012

Set The Mood

It's Monday morning.
A brand new start to a brand new day in a brand new week.
What mood do you choose?

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I had a really crappy day yesterday.
I could not shake my crappy mood.
Overwhelmed, irritated, frustrated.

I tried and tried to shake it but
the ugliness clung to me like a wet coat.
After searching my thick skull for a reason,
the source of the mood was discovered.

I have a 17 year old cat.
We've had him since he was one.
He's a wonderful fella...
when he's not waking me at the ass crack of dawn. 
Every morning the same thing.
Meow meow meow meow meow meow
meow meOW MEOW MEOWWWWW!!!!!
He'll sit on the floor and stare at me in my bed.
He'll wander the house and yell MEOW!!!!
In all fairness, the vet has suspicions that he
has the beginning of dementia (poor fella)
and one of the first things I do when I wake
is give him heave duty pain meds for his arthritic
hips and spine (again, poor fella).

You might be thinking, "What a meanie!
Blaming that poor old cat for her fowl mood."

Yeah. I know! That's the conclusion I came to myself.
Except I didn't blame the cat. I blamed me.
My attitude. My perception.

I went to bed wanting nothing more than to sleep in.
I never sleep in.
Four children, one husband, two cats.
One mom. No late mornings for me.

I went to bed at 10 p.m. and was woken at 6 a.m.
Rather than perceiving my night as a full night's sleep,
I was immediately frustrated that I was woken up.
The constant Meoooowwww plucked at my nerves.
All I wanted was to sleep in and wake on my own!!
Is that too much to ask??????


I set the mood. I set the impossible expectation.
Seeing my error, last night before bed I lay my head
down with a different mindset. Instead of "I want to sleep in", I thought "I will get enough good sleep and wake
to my faithful old friend who loves me and needs me."
See the difference?

I woke this morning feeling rested.
Faithful Farley was right there waiting for food, medicine and love and I was up and happy and ready to oblige.

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Again I say...

It's Monday morning.

A brand new start to a brand new day in a brand new week.
What mood do you choose?

No fancy pictures here, just my faithful old man cat.
He's such a good guy.
I'm thankful for every day we have together.


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I frequently feel the same way; birds, DH, meds....there is no sleeping in here for me.
And here's the funny part~~I never sleep in anyway! (it's just the *thought* that I might want to and can't...)
I got up at 5:20 to try and see the partial lunar eclipse; a full cheddar color moon shining brightly quickly slipped behind a cloud bank! HA!
Well....I got an early start on a busy day!
And enough sleep.... ;-)


John said...

Great philosophy Nacherluver. The cats look great too even although the oldie is losing it......bless him. Yes I know I could be talking about myself.....

Didn't I just say that?


Jennifer Richardson said...

love the perspective tweaking lesson
....needed that!
your sweet boy is gorgeous,
just gorgeous:)

Jan said...

Our choices may not always be easy, they may not always be the right choice, but we do have choices and I'm so happy for you to be making the choice to be happy, choose JOY! Once your cat has passed on you will be able to remember him in such a better light if you choose to greet him with sleepy-eyed joy every morning. I am talking to myself as much as to you! My old dog is still hanging in there, in fact, I think it is time for his meds....
Hope you are well, my friend.

Glenn Stenson said...

A cool cat with a cool cat for a mother with a cool attitude. No such thing as too cool.

Elena said...

Sweets, this is perfect. As perfect as you are dear friend. So sorry to hear of your beautiful pet but he's lucky to have you around.

Laura said...

smiles for both for all of you.

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