Embracing The Moment

Sketch of Lorraine hugging her cat
Something was up with this week’s Letter.

Two perfectly great topics to write about and yet I’ve been doing everything else.

(And juggling the balls quite well, if I do say so myself.)

I recognized the sign.

Pushing would be futile.

What I wanted to write about wasn’t going to happen.

 

But all the run around came to a halt waking up yesterday morning.

Mind still trying to sleep was the opening needed for the real topic to come through.

Over the last four days, our diabetic, chronic pancreatitis guy has shifted into the all too familiar next stage of decline.

We’ve been to this rodeo before.

There are no hard and fast timelines.

Nothing concrete to go by to know when.

 

Logically I’ve been preparing myself for weeks as signs creep in.

Requests for snuggles or scratches are not put off for another time.

His slightest desire to eat is met with immediate food service.

Haven’t reach the hovering stage yet, but clearly watchful eye has taken over.

We find ourselves checking up on him far more often.

And smiling at the sight of a snoring cat basking in the sun.

 

But with Mind lightly snoozing, the emotional side hit me like a ton of bricks.

 

Time is precious.

Life reminds us,

we live knowing it is,

and then forget until the next go round.

 

“Hugs.”

 

That was the blatantly clear message wanting to be shared this week.

Embrace and hold close to you those who are dear.

(And sometimes more importantly, those who fall a bit short of dear.)

 

Hug often.

Just because.

You really don’t need a reason.

 

Hug now.

Don’t wait for later today or tomorrow.

Stuff happens.

 

Hug genuinely.

Like nothing else exists in the moment.

Because it doesn’t.

Time can disappear when you do.

And connections formed that transcend distance and space.

That can and will last beyond a lifetime.

 

Hugs of any sort will do.

A person, your cat, dog or lizard, a tree and especially yourself will do.

 

If you really want to shift your relationship with another – including yourself – hug once a day for 30 days.

Give and receive in the moment.

Be present.

Watch magic unfold.

 

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Lorraine

Not quite a crazy cat lady (yet?) – Lorraine’s insatiable curiosity of life leads her to explore, question and push beyond the box. A self-professed “left-brained creative big picture idea” type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing possibility everywhere and in everyone, and is a moth-to-flame for being part of making that possibility come true.

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