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9 Essential Life-Affirming Lessons You Can Learn From A Mouse

gray mouseToday, in preparation for guests from Israel, I thought I’d tidy up a bit.

So there I was, vacuuming the stairs, and what to my wondering eyes should appear…

behind my shoes on the top step….

A little gray mouse.

He didn’t really seem like a wild mouse.  He was extra attentive, present and curious.  He looked healthy and well fed.  The stairway carpet provided perfect camouflage.  He matched!

He didn’t run far, which surprised me.  After scurrying a bit, he sat and looked at me.  I had the odd thought that he was glad to see me.

Maybe he was just happy I wasn’t Bella – our cat!

And then he must have remembered he was a mouse and I the (big scary) human) could be (big scary) trouble — he dove behind my shoe again.

“Hmmm,” I thought.  “How can I help this little guy?”  I pondered the pros and cons of climbing up past him vs. retreating down the stairs to find something to capture him.

While I was thinking, two little gray eyes came out from behind the shoe again.  He peeked!

(I swear) he was communicating with me.

(I swear) he said, “Can you get me outta here?”

I found myself talking back — out loud, no less.

“OK, let me get something to catch you in.  Stay right there.  I’ll be back.”

A drinking glass and something to cover the top of the glass should do.  I wondered if he would still be there, or whether he would run off?

But after all, he had asked for my help.  Yes, he’d be there.

With drinking glass in hand, I perched on the stairs, studying my shoes for signs of gray movement.

It took me a few moments to realize I was actually staring at his back and tail.  His tail was tucked in the crease of the stairs.  (And hey, it was all the same color.)

His head, however, was inside the open toe of my shoe.   I’m sure he fell for the theory that if you can’t see someone, they can’t see you!

To get the rescue fully underway, I moved my shoe again.  He hesitated (“Crap, I’m visible!”), then dodged into the open corner where there was no protection at all, (“Crap!  Still visible!”)

So (I swear) he just gave into the moment, and sat, as quiet as could be — him looking at me, me looking at him.

“Wow, this is different!” I thought.

I reminded him I was here to help…

(yep, there I am in my stairway talkin’ to a mouse)

…and put the glass quickly in front of him.  He ran in willingly and sat down as if to say, “OK, now what?”

He did not try to climb out. (I swear) he seemed satisfied.mouse in glass

So out of the house we go, me and a glass of mouse, and who comes to greet me, but Bella the hunter cat.  She’s the one who brings playthings into the house for late night fun and frolic, and I’m sure he was one of her toys.  She eats some, plays with some.

I had a little conversation with Bella and attempted to walk away casually, but she was like, “Hey what-do-ya-got-there-in-your-left-hand?”

A little voice said, “Open the door to the house and see if she’ll go in.”

(Wait.  Who said that?  Was that my mouse friend coaching me?  I swear…)

So I followed directions, and  invited Bella into the house.  Much to my amazement, she went happily inside!  I couldn’t believe it.

(What in the world is going on here???)

I turned, headed to the nearby woods, and clearly heard “no, not there.”  Dutifully, I changed course.   The next stop felt right, so I set the glass down on its side, and said, “Go for it, cutie pie.  Happy to help!”

Well, he did go for it.  Without hesitation, he ran out of the glass, but then PAUSED and looked back at me (I swear) before he ran off to his new life.

Such a simple thing, yet so instructive!

So what I did I learn From My Friend, The Small Forest Creature?

  1. Hiding is OK.  It’s temporary.  Also, it can be helpful, even life-saving.
  2. Who says you can’t live in a shoe?
  3. Help is ready and waiting to surprise you at any moment.  Go ahead — expect it.
  4. Things are not always as they seem.
  5. The crisis before you could elevate you — and free you.
  6. Big, scary looking moments can be totally to your benefit.  They probably are.  Have a little faith.
  7. Talk.  Someone could be listening.  Good things could happen.  You never know.
  8. See and hear through your spiritual eyes and ears, not your physical ones.  It works every time.
  9. Always say thank you.
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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

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