"Aww, you yawned. This one's going to be a big blur," I told Little Cat (aka Spook) last night as we snuggled in bed together. I'd been thinking about a photo for my daily haiku and possibly this blog the next day and Spook had settled beside my gratitude journal...at one point she had her paw resting on it. So sweet. I could write about Spook OR my gratiude journal habit OR Spook and my gratitude habit. She has huge round eyes that often seem a little startled as though the world is all just a little much and i was trying to capture her with that look. But the bright flash and delay gave her time to close her eyes. This last time she had obviously become bored with the whole process. "Let's just go to sleep, Mom. It's ridiculous o'clock again."
When I looked at the resultant photo, I couldn't believe it. No blur. A perfectly focused photo of her ginormous yawn. A little snake-like admittedly (those fangs! And why one so much longer than the other?) but still.
It reminded me of something I learned eons ago when library books had to be physically stamped with return dates to be borrowed. At a time when I most needed it, I stumbled acorss a book, 'Life 101: Everything We Wish We Had Learned About In School But Didn't' by Peter McWilliams in my local library. I took it out repeatedly, couldn't get enough of it. It's one of those books that I read while all the time recognising that its words stirred an innate knowledge within me.
One of the biggest things I learned was how to hope/wish/ask/pray. No limitations. I can't possibly know everything. No assumptions that what I was hoping for another was the only thing that could benefit them. Basically I suppose, it's how to cover your ass and send out good intentions without pretending to know what is for the best either for ourselves or for someone else. The two essential phrases: 'this or something better' and 'for the highest good of all concerned' covered everything, especially your ass in not limiting or assuming.
Last night's incident with Spook reminded me of that. I'd been so intent on a photo of her with her eyes wide open, paw on my book that I almost missed the incredible opportunity, the 'something better' that did occur. No limits. How easy it is to put lids on our expectations without realising it. And yes, I listened to her little body announcing bedtime, assured that I had a great photo for today's haiku and blog.
May your day be full of sweet surprises.
Welcome! I'm Sue Blott: a writer of all things, a poet at heart, mom, wife, daughter, step-mom, grandma, tea drinker, tai chi-er, mystic, artist, dreamer...and now a blogger! This is my world.