#sol18- January 23, 2018
My OLW for 2018 and already it is keeping on my toes. Just last week, as I was drafting a blog post, I noticed that the word “change” is within “challenge” and this week it proved too true. My sweet cat of 15 years died on Thursday and that change has been a challenge. I have come to realize (and probably will continue to learn more in the days ahead) just how much it meant to my life to have Pele as my companion.
I used to try not to move much in bed, as she was often on my pillow and unsettling her meant she would take awhile to be still again,
She used to get the fan left on for her each morning as I left the apartment (I keep reminding myself I can leave it off),
I used to keep doors closed (to the guest bedroom and kitchen) so she could not get inside,
She used to sit right beside me on the couch,
I used to have trouble concentrating during my morning mindfulness because she was pretty sure I did not need to sit still then (now I only have myself to blame when I am distracted),
She used to love to sit in closets, so I usually left at least one open for her,
I used to have someone else to look after, and now it is just me.
There is an empty spot in my heart and a lot more quiet at home- I know this change will continue to be a challenge for me!
Former student slicing: Zhi Hong