He begins to howl at 6:00 A.M. every morning like, well, clockwork.
He has no snooze button to repeatedly whack, and though I’m tempted at times to pretend he does.
I dumped a can of Friskies in his bowl and went straight back to bed.
Now, I know Chester’s routine…eat, groom excessively, use the cat box, groom some more, then jump back in bed with me.
I could hear him eating as I tried to steal a bit more rest from the night already past.
I was surprised when he stopped eating and jumped directly into bed.
I opened my eyes to see him standing right in front of my face…with a chunk of Friskies Liver and Chicken Dinner in his mouth.
I was more surprised when he dropped that chunk a cats hair away from own mouth.
Chester had brought me breakfast.
Now, there were two ways to react to this act of feline grace
The first was my natural inclination…yell at the cat for defiling my bed and screech loudly at him while removing wet cat food from my sheets.
The second option was to eat it and affirm the good intended .
I ate it.
Rather, I managed to choke it down without throwing up on the cat.
Content that I wouldn’t starve now, Chester climbed over me and resumed his grooming.
Why swallow a chunk of gross, wet, cat food?
Have you ever tried to do something good for someone only to have it blow up in your face?
Have you ever worked really hard to do the right thing only to have it turn out all wrong?
Have you ever had the good you attempted called evil?
Few things will break your spirit in a deeper way, in a way that will affect how you live your life going forward.
It can work the other way as well…sometimes we can be critical and dismissive of some one who was trying to do their best for us, but they missed some mark we’ve set in our own minds.
We damage them by how we react…sometimes the damage is permanent.
Sometimes the gracious thing to do is eat the cat food as if it were filet mignon.
Sometimes, it’s an act of love to affirm the good intended, even if it’s not very good at all.
Keep trying to do good.
Affirm the good intended.
Make your own application…