I confess, I’ve been melancholy. I know it may be hard for some of you to believe, but it’s true. And when those moments hit me, I shy away from everyone. I guess it’s because I don’t feel I have a right to be melancholy because I do have such a blessed life. I am here. I have survived much, including breast cancer. I have love, shelter and food. I have a beautiful life with a loving family. It’s not that there’s anything significant missing. It just comes to me at times, this sadness. The overall feeling that I’m…simply…sad.
It doesn’t happen often. Most times, I can hide it away until it dissipates ~ my family, none the wiser. But one family member always knows and for her, I’m truly grateful. She lifts me up and comforts me without a word (but with plenty of purrs!) For me, sometimes, there simply nothing like the love from a treasured pet to warm your heart and to soothe a hurting soul. It is to her (and to her ‘sister’ Chessie who passed away last year.) I don’t think I could live in a home without a pet. There’s simply nothing like the love from an animal to warm your soul.
I’ve told you how she insists on being picked up and held like a baby. She makes me stop, sit and be at peace almost every morning. As the photo above shows, we spend many mornings on the couch for a few precious minutes looking into each other’s eyes. I pet her, she purrs her healing rumble into my soul and I feel like all is right in my world ~ the Presents of Presence.
Perhaps you feel like I’m being over-dramatic ~ that it’s silly to be so attached to an animal? But have you ever felt that complete and utter engaging love with another soul? When I hold her and her eyes shut, her purring warbles in my chest and our breathing matches, I am reminded of how to find confidence and trust in those I love and in whom love me. That complete surrender into a trusting place where there is no fear, no worry, nothing but peaceful abandon. There is only this sweet moment.
It is then, that my daily lesson is re-energized into my soul. It is then, that I understand what love is. It is then that I crave to go out in the world and Send Out Love. Our precious morning moments do that for me. We comfort each other, each in our own way. As I nuzzle her in a bear hug before I put her down, my eyes close and I silently utter a thank you to the Universe for this precious life.
I’ve watched her work her magic with my sons and husband as well. Meowing her demands to be held, they comply. The tenderness that I witness between them increases the love factor in our home. Unconditional pet love brightens our home base. We call it fur therapy here. When you just need a little love from a pet, a snuggle, some soft purring reverberating in your chest to heal your sadness. And Tiffy, in all her utter catness, simply obliges. Funny how she just knows that hurting soul needs a bit of extra love. She calmly allows all the petting, holding and hugging needed without fuss. She surrenders to giving her all by simply being herself.
What a precious lesson to emulate!