Nina Marie Corona

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Like a Cat Out of Hell!

We should all see the world through the eyes of my cat.  (He’s actually my daughter’s cat, but he’s living with us temporarily.)  Romeo rises every morning at 5:00 a.m. with a skip in his step.  He’s had a good night’s rest, and he’s ready for a full breakfast.  The rest of the day he appears to be engaged in either complete relaxation (the likes of which I think I’ll never know), or utter fascination.  He lives totally in the present moment and enjoys everything fully.

Occasionally I carry Romeo outside to have a look around and a breath of fresh air.  At first he was afraid, and he would cling to me for dear life as he hesitatingly peeked over my shoulders to have a look.  Eventually the peeks became wide-eyed gawks – like he couldn’t believe what he was seeing.  The bug-eyes diminished, but then the head started twisting around 360 degrees to try to take it all in.  Finally, he was ready to explore on his own, and he tried to wiggle his way out of my arms.  So I put him on the ground to feel the dirt and rocks (while still holding onto him).  He was happy at first just sitting still and looking.

Last night he took off like a cat out of hell and went running down the street.  No looking back, no gawking – just running as if he knew exactly where he was going.  Then he stopped and hid under some bushes where my daughter finally caught him and brought him back to our prison/home.  I have no doubt that he will be looking to escape daily from now on.  There’s a whole world out there for him to explore, and he’s onto it now!

It’s a new and beautiful day.  There are countless things to see, to explore, and to enjoy.  And it’s Saturday!  So let’s rise with a skip in our steps, have a full breakfast, and run like cats out of hell from our prisons/homes to see and explore and play.  Be fascinated!  Don't plan and think too much.  Be spontaneous and just run like you know exactly where you're going.  It'll be fun!  If you've had as much fun as Romeo, you'll be very thirsty tonight.  So make sure you've got plenty of water handy.

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