Interpreted by Jennifer Troyan (aka Mama)
This month’s MEWSINGS is on patience and life.
When Mama leaves and comes home, sometimes she tells me to be patient. I want her to drop everything so she can pay exclusive attention to me!
She has things in her hands. She wants to put them down. She wants to change her clothes.
I just follow her meowing to get her attention. I even get up on my back legs reaching for her…
The best is when she drops everything to pick me up immediately! I just love that. I purr and purr. Then, I rub my face on hers.
Other times, she has to do some things before she can pet me but I cannot always wait. I stare at her intensely. I command she pays attention to me. I have been waiting to see her all day.
If she still keeps going and does not pet me, I will touch her with my paw to let her know that: “I am here. I am waiting for you!”
That mostly always gets her attention. Then, she will either pick me up or at least stop to pet me.
If she picks me up, we can cuddle for a minute. After that, then, I can wait patiently for her.
You can see me here reaching for her.
Mama looked up the definition of patience. She read it to me from a book called a dictionary. A dictionary is a book of words. It is not like the regular books Mama reads to me.
After she talks to me about patience, she says it is a good thing to learn. The dictionary says that patience is, “The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”
You know, I can get pushy. When I do, Mama lets me know by saying, “I need space”.
Then, I will move away for a minute. I will just stare at her until she looks my way or calls me to her.
Mama says if I can practice being patient, it will give me more peace. It can, also, help me with accepting things as they are.
We meditate on it together. That makes me peaceful.
Mama will ask me if I want to meditate. I will jump on her lap or, if she is lying down, I will get on her chest. That calms me. This is the peace she talks about. If I do not feel like it, she will start meditating without me. Mostly, I always will join her.
What else gives me patience? Understanding.
We watch documentaries on nature and animals. Then, I pay close attention.
We saw one documentary that was cool about the mind of a cat. I was so interested. Mama was, too. These experts were doing their best to try to explain us cats.
Sometimes, we go for walks in nature. That is the best. I have talked about my love of trees on other occasions.
The leaves! Oh, I have to roll around in the ones on the ground. I will try to eat the ones on the trees or scratch at the bark. Mama says to leave the tree alone because I would not want someone to treat me that way. Mama reminds me that a tree is a living thing, too, after all.
Look at these beauties. I love this tree! The stuff hanging down is Spanish Moss. This is another thing I want to taste but I leave it alone.
We saw this bunch of orchids somewhere.The trees and flowers calm me. I am told it will help me have peace which helps me have patience. See how this works together?
I have come to understand this: Patience gives you the power to be stronger mentally and emotionally. This is all good stuff for me to learn. You can see in this picture that I am listening closely.
I am striving to be my best. I wish for you to do the same.
If you learn patience, you will gain understanding and power, too, just like me. The side effects are peace, respect, and acceptance.
Maybe you can try walking in nature and looking at everything. It will help with the practice of learning patience. Of course, there is always just plain old breathing to give it to you, too.
Photos courtesy of Jennifer Troyan
A Note from Jennifer: Deep bow and be well everyone! I’m enjoying time with Jorge and practicing patience. Every day is a new opportunity to do so. Enjoy life as it is most precious. <3
Quotes to enjoy:
If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett
I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things. ~ Mother Teresa
Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. ~ Buddha