Forward. Full Stop.

Look forward, not back. Your life ahead awaits your arrival.

You might think herding cats is tough.

Maybe more creative than anything.

You have to know the cat’s personality and what they might do.

They come in a wide variety of reactions.

There are runners, freezers, wall climbers, hiders, swipers, hissers and the to be dreamt of, purrers.

Each requires a different tactic, and what worked once doesn’t always work twice.


If cats are tough,

what would the Universe say about herding humans?

Another rough day at the office?

When we mere mortals stray from the path and don’t listen,

grabbing our attention and steering us back on course is no easy task.


This week, Universe had to up the ante to get me to not only hear, but truly listen.


Silly me decided to look at the village website for where we used to live.

All was same-old, same-old until clicking the by-laws link.

One of the few new proposed changes was limiting the number of cats per household.


My body went into head-to-toe shock.


How could they think that would stop outside cat complaints?

What was behind this archaic idea?

Who were they targeting?

Mind rushed full tilt into circle-the-wagons-protect-the-kitties mode.

Over my dead body, and possibly a few others, were they going to take my cats away!


Wait a minute.

I don’t live there anymore.

Memo to Lorraine – The only place you need to look is F.O.R.W.A.R.D.


Damn it.

Did I really need a whole body slam to drive the point home?

Apparently so.

Because all the hurdles and frustrations dealt with over the past five months weren’t enough.


We have a broad, undetailed vision of the life we desire.

Not too different from what we live now in many ways.


Doing more good in the world.

But it also means winding down, being more selective or leaving some aspects of the past behind.


The why is pretty clear.

It’s the hows, whats, wheres and whens that remain varying shades of grey.


Every time I’d start to meddle trying to control a how or what, problems showed up.

Over and over again.

I recognized all these side trips would keep us in the comfort of doing what we’ve always done.

Tied to the past.

But I didn’t Get. It. until the big body slam.



A.H.E.A.D (not straight, ahead)

Stop. Looking. Back.


Get it?

Got it.


Get on.


Herding cats or humans feels more like bumper bowling.

I’m not silly enough to believe there’s smooth straight sailing ahead,

but at least it’s forward.



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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.


  1. Marcia on June 21, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Re cat herding, easier when you know the cat. Use to get ahead of them and not chase from behind. Worked for my two. Another one if I called him, no response. If I called his brother, he would respond in case the brother got the attention.
    Yes, some things are best left in the past and energy spent on present to make it better.

    • Lorraine on June 21, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Yes – assuming all cats are different makes a huge difference. Love how your one guy didn’t want to miss out on the attention. That is so very sneak! A win for the two-leggeds!! We actually had one cat close the carrier door on another when she went in to investigate the treats left for the door-closing cat.

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