Monday, March 3, 2014

Motivational Monday

Happy Motivational Monday friends! I know you may think that this quote is only applicable to people with cats, but no. I've thought this through. Replace "cats" with "kids," "dog," "spouse," etc. and now it applies to all!

Today's quote is inspired by Higgenbaffum the cat. It is his 16th birthday today. It is bittersweet in that his brother Pooka passed away in July of 2013 and this year we do not get to celebrate with him. It is also bittersweet because in January Higgy was diagnosed with cancer and due to his age and type of cancer, the decision of all involved was to make him as comfortable as possible rather than put him through chemo. Honestly, when we were given the diagnosis I didn't think Higgy would be here to celebrate his 16th birthday. But, here is he. Celebrating with us today. We grabbed a party hat and he will enjoy cake and ice cream, plus special chicken stew cat food.

Higgy the kitten in 1996
Why is this Motivational Monday? Because we all have those things we take for granted, we assume will be there but then they go away. Maybe it's a friend we were oh so close to that decides you aren't worth it anymore. Maybe it's a spouse that finds someone new. Maybe we don't live each day with our children and all of a sudden they are off to college. Maybe we realize we didn't spend as much time with our grandparents as we should have before they pass on.

Today, we need to remember that happiness is in the simplest things ~ petting a purring cat, play fetch with a dog, reading a book to a child, having tea with your grandparents, a phone call to a good friend. Today, I am going to celebrate Higgy the cat knowing that (sadly) this is his last birthday with us. I am going to make sure he has yummy food, including cake and ice cream. He enjoys some cat nip. We take lots of pictures and we cuddle him lots. Happiness is in the little things and today I am celebrating them to the fullest!

What small thing can you do today to make happiness a priority?

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