I peered through the rectangular piece of security glass in the door that separated us, and he stared up at me with those enormous, almost human green eyes. Eyes that I could tell were very wise and full of love.
I was with Kerry at the Wisconsin Humane Society and we were "cat shopping". He'd recently said goodbye to his beloved Beauregard, and Miss.Sally (just a wee kitten at the time) really needed a companion. I called an attendant over and asked if I could meet the little man who was already stealing my heart. Kerry came over too, and Jasper began to cast his spell. Kerry already had a soft spot for a little girl down the aisle, but I insisted that Jasper was "the one". In fact, I boldly stated that if he didn't take Jasper home, I would! Kerry adopted Jasper that very night, 10 years ago.
This Summer Kerry and I combined resources (and households) to economize and help grow our business. We were both concerned about how well our cats would cohabitate. My Jackson is a tender little beta boy, his Sally an aggressive alpha girl. Well worry not, three's company. Since their arrival on 47th Street, Sally and Jasper have made themselves quite at home, and Jackson seems genuinely contented with his new companions. He has however noticed how I dote on Jasper...
I love this cat. He's completely laid back and has the most agreeable disposition of any feline I have ever encountered. He's so handsome, so affectionate. A true-blue sweetheart. He has a way of making you feel like you're "the only human in the world". Yes I'm swooning a bit, but I'm not the only one. You see Jasper loves everyone. And therefore everyone loves Jasper. There's a very simple lesson in that. It's called the law of attraction. Apparently Jasper is a zen master.
In this week between Christmas and New Years I've been thinking allot about 2013 and what I believe it has in store. I won't waste too much energy forecasting, for over the last couple of years I've been discovering the magic of co-creating through awareness...and that requires you to dream in the present.
I've also been listening to quite a bit of my favorite singer-songwriter, Beth Nielsen Chapman. Not familiar? Check her out. There's a song on her exquisite album "Prism: The Human Family Songbook" that's been on near continuous repeat for a couple of days now. The lyrics speak of how on a human scale, we often feel that our hopes, our desires...our prayers, are insignificant when pit against the universe. But if we all put our best foot forward they'll add up to create something beautiful. If each of us would just give our love...
"Like sand on a mountain / Rain on a fountain / Shade on a shadow / A breeze in this tornado/ Just do what you can, clap with one hand / And shine all your light in the sun"
So that's my New Year's resolution.
I'm gonna shine all my light in the sun.
And take a page out of Jasper's book.
Because cattitude is everything. Sorry, I couldn't help myself.
Happy New Year! Michael XO