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Spread a little love

This morning, feeling a little overwhelmed by so much of what I've heard, seen and read during the past several days, I have a strong desire to spread a little love.

I started looking through past writings of mine, hoping to find something in those long ago thoughts that might contribute to sharing a little joy.

I found one, included below, which was posted November, 2010 on my Facebook page. I think I was, as always, worrying about one thing or another; probably something I'd heard about concerning helpless ones among us. Sometimes, my approach can be unedited, mabye; too harsh; so deeply do I feel about the pain felt by others... our elders, less fortunate, little kids who are abused and neglected and, my dear, beloved animals.

Often, I find myself drowning in the overwhelming truth which is around us all the time. So much suffering; so much neglect; so many in bewildement, disbelief; finding themselves in unfriendly surroundings, handled by uncaring hands. I mourn for them, I cry for them.

So many times, I wish I could just 'snap my fingers' and make it go away. Just like that! One crisp, definitive flick of finger to flesh and...it's done! It's over!...no more suffering; no more harm done by one upon another.

During the weekend, I spent much time reading on Hub Pages. It seems so many of us are going through difficult times....we're hurting over a slight dealt us; we're disillusioned about the state of world affairs; we're heart broken over the cruel treatment of animals; we shed tears as we read of another little one missing; abused.

Our world is in upheaval and tumult. "Wars and rumors or wars..." It is as if we can no longer understand one another; as if we all speak a "foreign language" which no other can understand. Chaos and terror reign. Whole villages, cultures, peoples are being, purposely and systematically, wiped from their homes; ... lives ended.

From the most personal, one on one relationship to a tremendouly expansive swath of this planet; discord; destruction rains down on unsuspecting innocents.

I read daily; newspapers, online media; Facebook and Hub Pages. There seems to be a preponderance of evidence that our fragile society; our delicate hemisphere, our tender earth is about to explode!

Often, I find myself wondering, "why do we spend so much time and effort on trivial, meaningless things? Why do we worry about empty recognition? What little, fleeting 'pleasure' do we receive when touting ourselves? .... WHY can't we find it within ourselves to care a little? Just a little? To give rather than receive? To feel the joy of acting without ego; without expectation of reward?"

My animals. Oh, how I feel I cannot stand it any more. Honestly. My sorrow is deep; inescapable. I am driven to try; to act. I risk losing friends and followers as they, understandably, turn away; avert their eyes... Who wouldn't? I do not blame anyone with a sensitive and soft heart; who cannot look at the reality of what we do to animals. This is my heart. I cannot stop.

Waking in the morning can be joyous or fear filled.

Have you ever felt this way? There has been a lapse in the stream of bad news. I've taken a break from the constant inflow of negative news. I must do this; it is just too much! Days pass, keep busy, be involved. Ride your bike, visit a friend, write something, love the kitties, read that great book you've put off for so long. Take a step out of the 'world' and into peace.

Mornings become welcoming, again. Excitement! Elation! It's a beautiful day! Up and at 'em, do the morning chores, feed the kitties, dust the floor and brew a big, hot, steaming rich cup of fresh coffee!

"Let's have coffee outside this morning; I think the deer are on the lower level! I hear "my" squirrels in the trees...Oh! I forgot to feed them this morning!" Thoughts rush through my mind. Then, scoop up a cup of nuts, seeds, dried fruit for, as my friend Richard says, "the Squirrley Guys."


All's well!

Well, except, this morning is one in which I could use that advice. This morning, I am too wrapped up in the sadness...so, I started looking for my own "words of wisdom..." to be revisited, often;

While sifting through the old writings on Facebook, I found this :

Kathy Novelli

November 17, 2010

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Today is the first day of the rest of your life...do something really meaningful and life changing for someone else as well as yourself. We have many opportunities to do wonderful things...let's start with this day. Save an animal, help a friend, send love to someone who really needs it...make life better for our earthly coinhabitants...animal and human. Bless you

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Taking me from the morose thoughts to a glimpse, a glimmer of hope. "Hope springs eternal." It does!

I want to wish everyone a lovely, love filled day. Please, take a moment to tell a friend, make amends, wave as you pass another, look into their eyes and smile. Give a big, bear hug to that friendly, gentile, elderly gentleman who walks past your house every morning on his daily stroll; I know he'll love it. Call a loved one, parent, brother, sister, friend. Any little gesture of kindness, recognition. Believe me, the smallest of effort pays a hundred fold in the joy it brings to the recipient. "Pay it forward and pay it backyard."

And, do this for me.....consider going to your local shelter today. Think of the sweet kitten or puppy, senior cat or dog...a loyal companion who waits for his family to return; not knowing that they never will. For reasons unknown, an innocent animal was left at the shelter. They need us to save them; they need us to step up to the plate and hit a home run ... save a life today...and, maybe, just maybe; you'll be saving your own, too.

Love, Kathy

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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Kathy,

What a beautiful and encouraging article Kathy! Times are hard for sure! But, as you have said so beautifully, we have to find the good in the bad and think positive. Spread the love and help others. Awesome Kathy! Thanks! I am sharing!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Dear Josh...you are such a gift to Hub Pages..like a shining star! I would call you 'an old soul.' Hey, btw...is billybuc your uncle??? I wouldn't be surprised! thank you so much for your wonderful comment, Josh!!


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We Save Cats 4 years ago from SE Kansas

Thank you Kathy. Life can really be rough for those who know love, but She always works toward a balance; there is a positive experience for every negitive. It is important to be reminded to make note of the loving moments in life, otherwise, we are too busy enjoying them to notice. We always notice the painful ones. Having a smart friend to help us remember all the love around us helps tremendously. Thanks again. I love ya.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

So so true, my dear friend for life, Al... So true. On both sides of all issues at all times...Love ya' back. Kathy


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mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

Life can be very hard..this is where the enemy comes in a tries his best to steal out joy...but we must stand firm and believe that there is hope and times will get better by and by..wishing you the best.....Also great HUB..I enjoyed it.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you, dear Mismazda. "..we must stand firm and believe that there is hope..." you've said it perfectly. thank you so much. Kathy


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Kathy.....This hub has made my heart sing....literally. We are so on the same damned page, it's amazing.

For me, it came to a point that I had to get creative to save myself from all the soul-torture I take in......

Every now and then, when I begin to assume that overwhelming weight of the world, you so eloquently describe......I escape. I go out to the lake house and stay for a day and night. It is so peaceful....and the lake is awesome......the sights and sounds are therapeutic...

The picture/story of that sweet man and his dog......brought me to tears.... His doggy was "in heaven," floating in the warm water in his masters arm. I don't know that I've seen a picture so stunning, ever.

(Don't laugh at me......I called my Collie up to the chair and showed him the picture)......He hasn't shared his thoughts with me yet.

I'm going back, Kathy, to read this again. I'm a firm believer that we can never get enough of a good thing........Bless Your Heart, Young Lover...................Peace


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Dear fpherj48...your comment has made my day...no! my week! It is understanding; words such as yours that make me happy...so so happy because, you do comprehend and have felt the same way. I know many; even most of us, do...sometimes, though; it's easy to feel alone in the pure sadness of it all...so, escaping through so many avenues...including writing...helps to dispel the "deer in the headlights" response to reality ... and, hearing from you so underscores that I am speaking to others...who are definietly on the same page! (suspense? is it a "who done it?" or murder mystery?).

Thank you so very much for this incredible comment. I just love it.

I have no doubt that you'd share the story of John Unger and his dear friend. And, I agree with you; the story of the 19 year old dog and his fabulous, caring companion; is so emotionally stirring. Bless you, too!!!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

My heart goes out to the abused elderly having lived through so many years with the personal experience of my mom and even knowing and fighting my hands were tied and they killed her despite my cries and they do others but I know your feeling and if we want to stay sane we do have to shut out the news and be alone with God. Sharing all the miseries is what brought me here but now I share beauties whenever I can. Beautiful hub, thank you.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I, too, Kathy, can become overwhelmed by grief. So much so that it is impossible to see good in the world. I see so many that choose the easy path; to look away and walk away. Here at the apartment where I live, I feed the birds, which apparently is a crime if I pay attention to the home owners across the alley. I have moved a small concrete feeder to the small parking area in back of the building so as not to annoy the residents behind me. They ran me off, broke one feeder and dumpstered the other because they disliked the small amount of birdseed that fell onto a small corner of their yard. Wildlife is suffering in this years drought. I don't care what I have to do, I will feed and water the birds and squirrels. One of the neighbors is a classic "hater". I got so disgusted, I simply said, "I find it so ironic that the people I see, who obviously never miss a meal, have a serious problem with the birdseed I put out for the wildlife." He puffed up like a big ass blowfish and screamed at me, to which, I simply stuck my nose up in the air and walked away. He lives alone, bitterly, in his dumpy castle, as his ex-wife can't stand him either. He has a real concern that a pidgeon might land in his yard. I've got a newsflash for him; even the pidgeons don't like him. LOL

I know I should be kinder, Kathy, but I don't understand blatant, unprovoked hatred. Even though my neighbor hates everything and everyone, I wish no evil on him. He has managed to create his own miserable, lonely life. And, still, he is clueless. He won't change, because he thinks he knows it all. It's the rest of us that are either too black or too white or too Asian or too stupid to get it. I'd like to think if I ignore him, he will go away, but that is not the case. It takes one intolerant, angry person to spread their toxicity like a virus. He won't deter me, but there are many who are influenced by hatred. And, so it goes. I have to remind myself of my sweet, kind dad's words to me when I was upset by a sad story of neglect. I was inconsolable and my dad said "Amy, you can't solve all the problems in the world." He was worried about me and advised that "develop a thicker skin." But, I am who I am, which was greatly influenced by my dad's example. He understood what it felt like to be cast aside, despite his big heart and generous spirit. People are cruel. People use others. Yet, I follow my instincts and take it one day at a time, one needy person or critter at a time and I know that I have made a difference in one life. And, that can have a far-reaching positive effect, sometimes more than we ever know. Knowing that lets me sleep at night.

Thank you, dear Kathy, for a beautiful, spiritual piece that will provide a respite for everyone who stops here.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

hi dear friend Amy. Yes, I know you are right there and that you understand. Yours is a huge heart with love for the sad, downtrodden and forgotten. Knowing this brings peace to my soul...I am so thankful that those little birds have you to watch over them, too...it is so difficult for them in this hot weather and it is impossible for me to imagine that there are those who could witness the suffering of others; and turn away or not want to "be bothered." Shame. You detailed the reasons why one would behave that way; it is an inner lacking / an inner emptiness and sickness. they must be healed, first; before they can help and heal others. Sad.

I thank you so much, dear friend of mine, for your thoughtful and understanding words; which buoy my heart and give hope. Your friend, Kathy


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Great article. Thank you. suffering seems to be all around us. I use to get toys for Toys for Tots. Distribution was the saddest part of the service.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Kathy, It seems like you have started this day anew. The thoughtfulness toward others, the caring for the helpless and small animals lets us feel good about about the way we are spending our day. It lets me fell useful and it keeps me out of self-pity. I love cats, have 2, and feed more, plus I feed various types of birds. I especially like the hummingbirds. It is the little things that now give me pleasure and I try not to focus too much of the miserable news and negative articles. I sound this hub to be thought provoking and I hear your message.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Mhatter99. It's wonderful to hear that you participated in Toys for Tots. Everything helps; and this is a valuable and deserving program. It IS difficult to enter into any situation where those who 'benefit' are so obviously in need; hurt; dismayed and in need of love. This is so hard to see while trying to do the right thing. Heartbreaking. I, too, have seen it when working with seniors, homeless and my beloved animals. One must be strong. Thank you.

Hi Pamela99. You are a sweetheart, too. I am so happy to hear how you reach out to help defenseless and forgotten creatures. We share an interest in birds; I always make sure there is fresh, cool water; specially during these terribly hot months; and, right now, I'm volunteering at our local Wildlife Rescue Center in the songbird clinic. Very rewarding and I'm learning so much about how to save the little ones who are injured or who fell from nests. Thank you so much for caring and for your kind comment.

I appreciate you, Mhatter and Pamela for your words which I receive as support. Kathy


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

We all need to do what we can in the world that we have been given. We didn't ask for the negative, but if we do the positive, we will make a difference in someone's life, be it animal or human. I guarantee it.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi there aviannovice..I am in full agreement with you...we do make a difference as we help others. It's very rewarding, too...I certainly know that you do this! Thank you so much.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Beautiful hub regarding paying it forward. I'm going to go back to the drive thru window at Popeye's chicken and letting the kid know that although he gave me the wrong order, and counted my change wrong, he's important. Feel better about myself already...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh Kathy, This is a beautiful reminder to do something for someone who needs love and understanding. I've got to call my Sis. Mary who asked me, " Are you still writing all the time? " I need to take some food to a shelter, so much to do. The picture of the man and his dog in the lake made me tear up, such love! The picture of you feeding the baby squirrel is precious. Thank you for reminding us to share our love and time..God Bless..Cheers


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hey Augustine! I guess we all make mistakes...I'm sorry your order was so skewed! Your experience is a kind of circuitous route to the heart of the matter but, well; we all make mistakes! Hope all is well with you and, it probably would have been ok to have your order corrected...they aim to please! Thanks, my friend, for the visit and comment


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Lucky Cats, this hub of yours touched some very raw nerves of mine. Your sadness on top of mine.... We are all actually so sad because so many things are wrong in this world. Started wrong, went wrong, ended wrong...

This is a beautiful, heart-touching lamentation of a beautiful woman with a heart of gold :)


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

It works being nice. Just got a free sundae with my lunch order. I didn't even bat my eyelashes, just for being nice. Thank you for the novel concept!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi my dear Ruby whose musing and whimsical wanderings always touch a chord with me....thank you so much..I send this with love and hoped that it woud be received as such..even after the pretty heavy (negative) beginning of it.. I am so endeaed to that man and his story w/his elderly dog...oh...there IS some beauty in this world. thank you so much!!!! Kathy


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

This was like reading my own mind...we think a lot alike. It is hard not to be saddened and depressed by the state of things. Animals are tops on my list. Great hub, luckycats.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

And your comment is like reading my own words. Exactly. Thank you, catgypsy!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I love this, Kathy. I've felt a bit burdened by the plethora of sad hubs, adding to the burden of the daily news. It's not my nature to be negative and, as you've advised, looking out from oneself to someone else and greeting the day at hand with joy and enthusiasm are the best cures!

Someone may say, Joy? I don't have anything to be joyful ABOUT! But that's not how it works! It's in reaching OUT, not in bringing IN; it's in SHARING, not in HAVING.

What can we rightfully expect or hope for if we are unable to look around us and find good to be done and joy to be felt? Where or when would it suddenly get better if not through our own perception and effort?

I also strongly believe in feeling all my feelings - including the "negative" ones. By what other gauge would I appreciate the positive ones. The mistake is in dwelling endlessly in the negative, "marrying it" and setting it up as the standard. All feelings are fleeting. They come and go - but when we latch on doggedly to one kind and refuse to see and entertain the others, we get truly 'bent out of shape'. We need to let then be while they are in progress and let them go. Even voraciously trying to hang onto the pleasant feelings becomes static, unnatural and obviously fake. But we can improve the overall tenor of our feelings when we allow them to be, to move and to enrich our experience of our days.

I love the little squirrel pictures. I'm fond of 'my squirrels' too, - though there's no question but that they're making havoc of my attic and walls, especially in cold weather. But they've become so accustomed to my voice yelling at them to hush, when they see me outside, they just stop and look at me with complete recognition.

I wrote a rather amusing hub about them, sequelled by a couple of more serious ones.

http://hubpages.com/animals/Paranoid-Or-Just-Plain...


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Nellieanna. I love reading your comments, which are just as insightful and intuitive as is your beautiful writing. I agree with you. We do have to make a concerted effort to draw ourselves out of the negative and into the light. Once, I was introduced to the idea that, in order to "be"/ feel a particular way, one must act that way and, soon, it becomes natural and unfeigned.

As you've mentioned; it isn't natural to always feel 'up' or 'down.' Trying to pretend that negativity doesn't exist is an exercise in futility.

I can't say it as eloquently as you do, Nellieanna, but I do understand.

I truly appreciate your visit and comments. I am always impressed with your quiet, relaxed wisdom which you share with such confidence...there are no doubts that you have worked through so much and I thank you for sharing your words of empathetic logic with all of us.

I shall catch up w/your squirrel hub and more manana.

Kathy


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

You're so kind, Kathy. You write insightful hubs, which are equally sensitive and eloquent. What else to do but try to put best foot forward in comments? :-)

I'm about to leave for a lovely day with friend Val to Dallas Museum of Art for an exhibit of ancient southern Mexican art. Will be interesting. She doesn't drive much so I will be picking her up. We always make a day of it, have lunch there and visit more afterward at her house. Her husband is no longer able to go on such ventures so their daughter or grandson stays with him. George and I used to go on many outings with Val and Norm.

Nothing urgent about the squirrel hub. But it might give you a smile or two.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you, Nellieanna. You're one in a million and a unique, respected and respectable adult. Refreshing!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Aw -- that's a lovely compliment! BTW the exhibit was fantabulous - except that they had to keep the temperature almost frigid and we shivered throughout! We may go back again and wear sweaters. These artifacts were from Mayan and various other kingdoms of southern Mexico and their patron diety, the "Plumed Serpent" - they ranged from massive stone carvings to the most delicate, intricate gold, turquoise, pearl, jade, textile, paper artcrafts - jewelry, pottery - religious items - big and small. Just incredible. Disks with the tiniest chips of turquoise and other material 'tiles' depicting actions and ideas. Breathtaking.

And Val and Norm have traveled extensively in Mexico and been to many of the sites of these discoveries. It was like having my own personal narrator.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

I think God brought me right to you. With so little time and so many friends, I saw your name. This was so touching Kathy. Just think of me as a distant brother, because what you wrote is what we think all the time. We fear the morning we wake up and see a destroyed world. The human nature of self destruction has been around for ages after ages. Like those squirrels, we need to think in helping one another, without asking for retribution. Your writing really touched us more today. We feel like we don't have enough time to read all of our friends' wonderful hubs. Thanks for bieng so kind to the world. Your reward is already in heaven. God bless you!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Dear Lord De Cross, I am so humbled and stunned after reading your kind comment. I thank you from my heart! It is very difficult, sometimes but, we must carry on as there are little ones who need us to be strong...children, my dear cats, dogs, the weaker among us....

I am also very apologetic that I cannot seem to find enough time to read all the wonderful writing of my HP friends...it is always something which is on my mind...I thoroughly understand this dilemma.

It relieves me to read your comment, LDC...because, just knowing of the kind hearted and caring souls such as you in this crazy world, makes it a little bit easier to handle.

Much regard and respect! Kathy


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

You are a bright beacon on a dreary day, a ray of sunshine breaking through overcast minds, You find hope in despair, glory in the small things. For my bit, I cling on to positivity, spread it as much as can among my patients, my friends and my family. Its exhausting to say the least but I shall never ever embrace negativity. I am so glad I came over here to read yours ... Its good to know there are kindred spirits across the world. There are many takers, not enough givers. But every little helps. May you and your words always shine bright. And your love always spread wide and clear. Awesome!

PS: Strangely enough I was just writing my Winnie the Pooh hub called 'All's Well' !


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Docmo! Thank you for the warm and kind comment. The caring words I've read since writing this are very heart warming and help to lighten the 'weight' of our reality; sometimes. I love these words you wrote: "...it's good to know there are kindred spirits across the world..." I agree. We do make a choice each morning when we arise; sometimes this is difficult to hold one's head high and continue on but; through communications such as those we share here and elsewhere' the burden lessens. You are a good man. Thank you Docmo. Very much appreciated.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dearest Kathy,

Your tender and sweet heart is all over this and these comments truly reflect how much we all need to hear your words of wisdom and goodness.

Now I perfectly understand why my SA Sista wants to adopt a poodle. She has been swearing up and down... 'never again'... and your advocacy and gentle persuasion has rubbed off in the most PURRfect way.

This and you are voted UP & Amazingly Beautiful... Love, Maria


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi my dear Maria...I was feeling a little 'down' in the morning but, when I realize all the beauty and that I could change the way I was feeling, I sat down and wrote this..because I wanted to share with others, too. All the wonderful and positive things we CAN do vs all the negative things we can try to avoid or UNdo....it worked as a mood changer; hope it does for everyone who is feeling somewhat down sometimes. Love your always wonderful comments, Maria..you are such a good person. Kathy


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elle64 4 years ago from Scandinavia

Thankyou so much- That is just what I needed- praising the good things in life.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

My dearest Kathy, I've said to myself: "No playing in Hubville today while you're suppose to work. Work-wOrk-WORK! Dammit!" And now look at me, here I am again, just to tell you how much we are going to miss you while you are in Kansas - just like the last time you were away. I have missed you and I know my sista and many others have missed you.

You are a special kind of woman, beaming so much love, beauty and wisdom - I can FEEL you down here, and I enjoy your online presence with all my heart.

We are all so busy, too busy (in real life) to spend quality time with our online friends. We know too many kindred spirits online, we find too many awesome hubs to read, to many interesting topics to discuss, we just cannot keep up with all of it. But when a kindred spirit is absent, we truly-truly miss them until they are back with us again.

Kathy, if looking for true online friends were digging for diamonds, I have found in you a fortune.

Enjoy your stay in Kansas. Return safely with lots and lots of news and stories (with pictures) to share with us.

I love you, we all love you!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Kathy, first of all, I apologize. I have not been ignoring you. I simply am not getting notifications of hubs written by some people I follow....just on a whim I decided to check to see if you had written something and here I am.

Great hub! Love seeing the pictures of you and especially the love and joy you show towards those little squirrels. You are a kind and loving human being and I'm proud to call you a friend.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi elle64....I am happy that these words resonated with you...thank you for visiting and leaving kind words.

Dear Martie....I have a confession of sorts. Remember when I wrote the hub "Welcome to the Human Race?" It was inspired by our dear friend, Sharyn, who was going through sadness and loss...such a difficult time. As I thought of it; and felt her sadness, and kind of thought I understood her sorrow....I wrote that one. My confession:

This one was written because I read your hub: "Ignoring Others ` The facts, consequences and restoration of peace." I felt that I could sense an overall as well as a personal aspect to your words...so deeply and well written and all the people who commented.....it is a message that everyone needed to hear for every reason. As the recipient, the 'doer,' or one who feels slighted. So, I started to write this hub..it seemed that so many were going through very similar feelings on one level or another...many articles written by wonderful writers...all alluding to similar feelings. Yours really hit hard so...this one was inspired and I was cmpelled to write it after reading your hub, Martie...'cause we've been there.

So, I thank you for the inspiration as well as for this incredible comment, My Friend Martie..no wonder everyone loves you so...because you are 'there' for us...all of us. Please know that your friendship is precious and valued beyond what mere words can express...a lifeline, really. So, thank you , my friend..I hear you.

Kathy


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Bill! (I read your invitation for us to address you this way!)...I never thought such a thing...I know that so many here have hundreds and hundreds of loyal followers and are very loyal back...it's a relationship built over time. So, rest assured, no apology is necessary at all.

I've been very busy for a very long time; moving myself and many animals 2000 miles from SE Kansas to N. Calif. Still, 1/2 my family remains in Kansas...I've been traveling back and forth and, finally, moved back to Calif. Still, I have to fly there to make sure my friend and the rest of my furry family are ok...it's taken lots of energy and time so; I disconnected my email alerts on HP....so no one knows when I publish and I am not alerted to others' new hubs...I peruse the live feed and look up writers...this is how I learn who did what..so, I know I am not 'annouced' when I write something new...or, at least; I think this is how it works...as I no longer receive ANY emails about others' work.

I loved those little squirrels..two made it; one did not. That's nature for you...kind of rough, sometimes.

Thank you for the kind comment, Bill..you've been nothing but kind,, supportive and real. I appreciate that. Kathy


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Oh, Kathy! You are always so passionate and kindhearted and you always speak so much wisdom deep from the heart! You are a true inspiration to all of us! I absolutely love your stories of saved animals and it's very touching to see that you care about the world around us every single day, every single beat of your heart! It is so true said, with so much cruelty going on around we need a wake up call, we need to stop and think and be more open and kind to each other and to the world that surrounds us! Thank you so much for your amazing work!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

My dear BeyondMax..you are a treasure and a gift...and I am always so happy and pleased to see you here. Seeing your name always brings an immediate smile to my face and I am so so glad to read your wonderful words. I can say the same to you. Bless and Thank you, my sweet friend. Kathy


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epigramman 4 years ago

Gee Kathy this is a perfect place to start my Monday morning with first cup of coffee and after a tough week of fighting a head cold but I always receive such good energy from you and it's been that way during the last two years of knowing you. You are not only a cheerleader for all things bright and beautiful and all of god's creatures but for the human race as well and of course you are a world class writer who always knows how to touch us with your words.

Just had another amazing ghost story and a visit from my mum who moves things around in order to get attention. This has happened 4 times now in the last year and a half.

I sincerely hope all is well with you and sending warm wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 9:18am and big hugs from Little Miss Tiffy who is now 17 and was my mum's cat (I wonder if she knows that mum comes back once in awhile) and Mister Gabriel my deaf cat but watch out he's quite a ladies man


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

This is a truly lovely Hub. Thank you for reminding us that each one of us can do something every hour of every day to make this passage more pleasant for those we love and our neighbors. Let us begin now.


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ahorseback 4 years ago

Kathy . YOU know you are such a beautiful soul ! I often find myself feeling the same anxst. Our concerns should be as you say ! Live within the moment and do only good things ! Awesome hub ,I even pushed funny cause of the kitties! Luck Kats they are !


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi there Colin. what a wonderful comment you've left for me. I sincerely appreciate it. Years have passed already. Life is like this. I hope your sweet furry friends are well, as I wish the best for you. There

is nothing equal to love in this life; and too little of it, sometimes.

Hi James. Your writing is so complete and inspirational; I am honored by your words..I sincerely thank you.

Hi dear ahorseback...you know I've always loved the depth and sensitivity of your poetry. I am very humbled by your comment. thank you so much.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Oh Kathy, you have such a beautiful and pure heart. At times I feel the disappointment you describe. Sometimes I feel like "what are we doing here?" But you dear have a clear mission. One that I am proud and honored to know about and have compassion for. Don't you ever let someone make you feel that trying to get help for the beautiful animals in this world should not be shouted out to everyone and anyone who will listen. You are an angel here on earth. One that I am thrilled to call my friend. I love the pics with the squirrels, so beautiful. Most people would be afraid of them, even as babies. But not you. You relate to them. They relate to you. It's truly awesome. Sending big hugs your way,

Sharyn


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi my dear Sharyn. Thanks so much for reading this one...it's kind of an extension of Welcome to the Human Race...spurred and inspired by the friends I've grown to care so much for here on HP and FB...and all that we are all going through. I return the sentiment, Sharyn...you are such a cool and wonderful person....just look at all the warm and wonderful friends who have gathered around you. many best and well wishes to you and I thank you so much for the lovely comment. Kathy


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

You are on my mind and wanted to say HI, Kathy. Sent you an e-mail a week or so ago... take care. Love you, Maria


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Maria. I've been really busy taking care of my friend Richard and trying to continue on here in Napa putting my home together for more furry friends. I'm sorry I havent been very communicative; my computer 'died' and my friend had to back up my files using really exotic equipment which took forever as my hard drive was severly damaged (don't know how or what)..THEN...He replaced / repaired and returned my computer but I'm trying to break the addiction. I have to say; I enjoyed not being hooked up and linked to this thing....got so much done and took care of long standing projects. I really and truly appreciate your caring ways, Mar...you (and Martie) are such wonderful treasures .... true and caring friends. I sincerely appreciate this...it is a life line during a very trying time..just to know that you're thinking of me..means the world. I'm not going to be online as much; I like the newfound freedom of being detached from the umbilical cord right now...I'll check my email (which is full of hundreds of unread emails)....for yours. Your friend, Kathy


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

My Dear Kathy,

Thank you so much. I do absolutely understand the need to focus on what truly matters, Richard and your critters. Sometimes a lack of technology is a blessing. Do not stress about my e-mail. Know you are loved and I am a moment away (as is Sista Martie)... when you need an ear.

Love you so much and here are a zillion hugs on reserve, Maria


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you my dear Mar.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh my this must be one of my favourite hubs ever.I loved it a am saving it also.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you Eddy.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

Thank you for this excellent hub. So much feeling poured out again. You really are a gem.

I shall definately take a tip from you about turning off the daily news and reading a good book.

I like to keep up with everything going on in the world, but it can cause depression if there´s no balance. I´m not always balanced. ha ha! sounds like I fall over.

Take care and keep up the wonderful work you do.,


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Dim...Yes! I MUST turn off the constant news feed and go outside, with the wind, the deer, my kitties and neighbors....or read...or ride my bike...anything to keep me from "discussing and debating" with the "talking heads" and their guests...right now, it's a crazy time in the history of our world.....it's going to be a very interesting next few months..overseas as well as here, in the U.S.A. Thank you for your visit and comment...good to see you; I think you've been absent just as I have. Lots to do in my life, right now. Kathy


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

What a beautiful article Kathy and I understand your distress, sometimes the dreadful things going on in our world becomes overwhelming - I'm trying to stay away from the 'news' for a while.

Thank you so much for this lovely hub, Lesley


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Lesley. I know you do have an understanding of the bredth of this life; through your writing and sensitivity. I am happy to see your comment and very honored, too. Kathy


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

What a lovely positive article. There is so much wrong with our world that if we let all the negative bog us down we would never find the motivation to do something positive, and this is so important both for the sake of others and our wildlife and our own sanity.

My Nan used to say 'No good crying over spilt milk, get out there and milk the cow again'. Why sit mourning over one wrong just get out there and prevent another.

A wonderfully encouraging hub.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you so much Rosemary! And, I agree with you. Kathy


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Hi there Kathy! Just saying hi, and we are glad to see you back. Wonderful philosophy of life you have, next to your kittens and your house. Have a great Sunday in Sunny CA.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you, Lord, my friend. So appreciate your nice comment. Kathy


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

That which you put forth, shall be returned to you ten times. And in your case sweet Kathy that will be much love, joy, peace and good tidings. All your friends have missed you on here. No matter what, no matter the evils of the world, you bring a ray of sunshine with your writings and heart which comes through like a gentle breeze. Except when defending that which you hold dear- then watch out! Kathy we all are eagerly awaiting anything the spirit moves you to write- alright, but soon pretty please!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Dear Alastar. Your words are truly poetic and gracious and, you know what? I'm going to allow myself to take your kind sentiment to heart. It was a particularly sorrowful event which was the motivation for this hub; I needed to express; to exorcise the deep seated feelings of sadness. Writing was (and is) a great tool to do just that. This is an ebb and flow life, isn't it?

I thank you sincerely, Alastar; for your sweet words.

Kathy

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