They say curiosity killed the cat, but I believe curiosity is what makes it come alive!
We recently rescued a kitty. It wasn’t planned.
It started as an innocent errand to drop off gift certificates for a humane society fundraiser. As we got out of the car, Tabitha, my teenage daughter, informed me she would be strong for both of us and make sure I didn’t bring anything home.
Her resilience melted as soon as she saw the kittens. Mine did, too. Especially when I saw this exotic kitty. Her markings were a cross between tiger and jaguar. She was a sweetheart. I couldn’t bring her home without discussing it with my husband first, even though he wouldn’t say no. We went back the next day and she had literally been adopted minutes before we arrived.
I was disappointed to say the least, but understood that there was a reason, and it wasn’t because we stopped for lunch first. My son and daughter had another one picked out and while the cuteness factor was high, I resisted the urge to settle.
The following weekend I was nudged to go back. When the volunteer saw us drawn to one of the black cats, she led us to another one in back. He was about 12 weeks old and had been thrown from a car. Someone behind saw it happen, stopped and brought him to the shelter. He had a little road rash on his lower gum and chin and a whole lotta love.
He was the one!
They named him Salem and we kept it, as he is magical. It also goes with Sabrina and Tabitha rather well. Our other black cat, Dark Star, is 12 and it’s been a long time since we’ve had kitty energy in our home, and Salem is quickly reminding us!
Salem is full of playfulness. He twists, pounces, glides, and flies through the house. He loves to play with raven feathers, he uses them to master airborne tactical movements. He stares out the window and talks to all the different animal species. A little Aspen branch supplies him with hours of entertainment as he dribbles it across the ceramic tile. This world is new and full of wonder. His bumpy start hasn’t prevented him from bravely exploring.
He’s reminded me of how curiosity can bring tremendous joy from the simple things in life. That everything deserves to be looked at with appreciation and awe. And when I’m being curious, there is no place for fear or worry, and most of all, judgment.
When we observe this world with childlike wonderment it expands awareness and spotlights possibilities that weren’t previously available.
Curiosity led me to leave my small town after graduation and move to a state I’d never been to. It led me to question my dogma and explore new ideas and perspectives that aligned to a deeper truth and more fulfilling connection to my true self. It led me to discover my soul mate in a man who wasn’t “my type.”
Curiosity breathes new life into routines.
It takes us beyond our comfort zone. Where the magic happens!
Curiosity expands our knowledge and provides experience, which leads to wisdom and greater clarity.
The world is full of wonder waiting to dazzle you by highlighting the diverse choices and beauty that this magnificent playground has to offer.
Be curious ~ Come alive!