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Being in a New Year

Writing the last Pet Column of 2021 should be an honor, but quite frankly I am feeling rather anxious about it. What if it is not as inspiring and uplifting as I want it to be? How do you encapsulate a year like 2021 into 600 words? Why am I such a perfectionist? Why am I spinning out right now? Why am I homeless?

Ok, big breath… I saw this sticker once that said that, “Just Breathe”. At first, I was like, duh, if I don’t breathe, I die. But now I get it. For cat’s it is natural to use our breath to release stress and fear, people must be reminded.

Like all cats, I am a very empathic being. We cats have been absorbing your various anxieties, fears, and divisive thoughts, words, and actions all year and wow it is a heavy load for us to carry. I am letting it all go. I am not hauling that heavy burdensome bag of bleakness into 2022. I invite you to join me in leaving yours behind too.

That doesn’t mean that we are going to pretend that the pandemic and all the fallout from it will disappear in 2022, it doesn’t mean you won’t feel anxious or fearful or super judgie of others in 2022. But in this moment right now we are releasing it in order to envision a world that is not led by our anxieties, judgments and fears. Wow, does that let me take a huge cleansing breathe, just thinking about that.

Skip the New Year resolutions that you can’t hold to, the promises that get broken, and the expectations that just weigh you down. Instead, let’s just be who we are in this very moment. That is the best way to enter the new year (or a new day or a new moment). Cat-style. Just being. This is how to find your best self.

Let 2022 be the year where we accept our flaws, we assume the best instead of the worst in other’s intentions and we see the beauty and the truth in the world. If that is not part of your current life story, then make it so. Begin re-writing your story in the truest and most beautiful way you can imagine it to be. Despite the pandemic.

There still may be a pandemic in 2022 but, perhaps, how we respond to it can be different this time. If we respond to it from a place where fear does not reside, will our response be different than it has been the last two years? How would that feel to not be in fear? The fear-response has not been helpful as yet, so maybe this new way will? Will it hurt to try? Breathe it out. Find you. Ask a cat for help.

My name is Sweetie. I was abandoned to the streets several months ago and have been here at Second Chance waiting for a new family. I am a 3-year young female. My true and beautiful story for 2022 is that my new family adopts me the first week of the new year and I live my life’s purpose of companion, confidant, and co-conspirator in making the world a better place, one breath at a time.

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