Our family has had a variety of pets down through the years, but none have lasted as long as Kit, our current cat. She joined the family 13 years ago as Tiffany's Christmas gift from her boyfriend (with permission), but she grudgingly shifted her affections to me when Tiffany went away to college.
Kit is the feline matriarch of the family and wants to be sure you know that.
Ellie the wondercat, who belongs to Tiffany, is also a part of the family but it works best when she and Kit live in separate locations.
If you've been keeping up with our family in recent weeks, you know that life has been very busy lately. To say that Kit has not been a happy cat is the understatement of the year. Yet as I looked over pictures I took through the holidays, I realized Kit is much wiser than I give her credit for sometimes and that I had some things to learn from her. I thought you might enjoy them too.
When you're not sure those around you are safe to be near yet, lay low for a while but still take time to appreciate their effort.
Relax in the peace of the season and know that the Braves will figure something out if not this year, then the next.
Taking time to "be still and know" will always bring us back to the beauty of the season of Christmas.
When there are boxes everywhere, just remember that everything will get where it needs to go eventually, so you may as well have a little fun in the process.
Don't forget there's a bigger world and story out there and it's worth taking time to notice.
When you have to get back to the work at hand, take a minute to absorb what you saw as you were still.
Never forget that ordinary moments can become a thing of beauty if we're looking through the lens at the right time.
Taking the extra time to get up close to life will bring results not possible any other way.
Find ways to enjoy the work surrounding you.
Feeling safe and protected can only come when you trust the one providing them.
Never turn down the chance to share a milkshake with someone you love.
When God brings unexpected pleasures in a day, stop what you're doing and enjoy them.
And last, but certainly not least, never underestimate the rejuvenating power of a good nap.