The rapid slip of time

       I can´t believe that it is already the beginning of June. Christmas was not all that long ago and Easter has also already passed us by.

What´s happening.  Has “time” entered a time slip or something?

       I don´t know what you´re talking about daddy. My life is “passing by” as normal. I have lot´s of time on my paws.

       And that´s possibly why daddy seems to find that his life is shooting by so quickly. We have a lot of time on our paws – and he doesn´t!

       Can you remember that I left you both with the neighbours for a couple of nights not so long ago?

       I remember. It´s not quite the same when you´re not around daddy. I miss my fur being stroked properly.

       But the neighbours mean well Mr Midnight.

Anyway, I left you both for two nights because I made a journey to visit the Alsace in France. . . .

       Wherever that is.  🙂

       Let daddy continue Mr Midnight.

       As always, it was as quaint as ever, and those three days seemed to be like an eternity. You see, I hadn´t much to do, apart from hiking, reading and eating. You´re both most likely right in your assumptions. When one has a lot of time, time slows down.

       Precisely daddy. Didn´t you know that already?

       It´s easier for us cats Mr Midnight, because we do not go to work and we haven´t any hobbies. We just enjoy our lives and live in the moment.

       In which to slow down time, the trick appears to not cram our lives with so much stuff. It´s easier said than done but I am going to give it a try. It really did me good to have a few long days just enjoying life in the moment.

       You´d better be careful daddy. You seem to be following in our cat ways. I can thoroughly recommend you give it a bash though. You´ll find that slowing down will do you the world of good.

 

(C) MAGS 2018

 

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The end of another year.

       I really don´t know where this year went to. It seems like only yesterday when we were celebrating the start of another year.

       Does that mean we will be putting up that strange looking tree with all that shiny, glittering stuff and flashing lights again daddy?

       An even worse; does that mean the night will be filled with terrible noise and bright, flashing lights as well?

       In reply to your two questions; yes. It is indeed, that time of year again.

       The time when that Jesus chappie has his birthday and all you folks make the sky fill up with smoke and noise.

       They call that thingamabob the New Year Mr Midnight.

       I´m sure you´ll both survive. Like every year, I will stay at home and look after you both. There really is nothing to worry about. You´ll just have to grin and bare it again I´m afraid.

       Well, I´m getting used to it now but I also find it hard to believe that another year has passed us by.

I must have been sleeping half the time because I didn´t really notice how quickly life speeds on by.

       I think you were sleeping three-quarters of the time Sir Winston. That´s why life passes us by so quickly.

The humans don´t sleep as much as us cats but many of them also seem to notice how quickly one of their years has gone by.

       Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that we make too many appointments and most of us are generally, always on the run. We appear to have little time to enjoy life.

       Modern humans seem to like stressy lives don´t they. I´m glad I´m a pussy cat this time around.

      And that´s why we should all try to live our lives in the moment. If we did, I´m sure life would be that much more enjoyable. Us cats haven´t mastered the art yet but most cats certainly try to chill out in life.

         The three of us wish to thank those of you who have followed and occasionally read a few of our blogs. We hope you find the time to slow down in your coming New Year and wish you all a very, merry christmas.

With love from Mr Midnight, Sir Winston, and myself.

The Key(s) to life – from a pussycats point of view!

       I believe that the key to life is to discover your balance; and I don´t mean when trying to see how difficult it is to balance when walking along the garden fence.

There are in fact, four main keys, with a central core key in the middle.  I believe that if one manages to use those keys correctly in life then one will be free of illness and be satisfied, hence being able to enjoy life to its full capacity.

       Well, that´s what life is supposed to be all about I think. Enjoyment, contentment and satisfaction.

Can you name the four keys and core key required for a meaningful life Mr Midnight?

       Easy peasy.

The first key is to eat “proper” food; not the stuff food companies want you to eat.

The second is to drink enough “proper” fluids.

The third is to move about as much as possible.

And the fourth is to get enough sleep with which to recharge the old batteries.

These four keys surround the main, core key, which happens to be the key called “Love”. I do mean, “proper, genuine” love and not the love where one just loves ones family and immediate friends.

       I must admit, it really is a continual life journey to be able to master the art of true love. I mean, because of our natural instincts, we often kill other small little beings.  It´s not very nice is it, but I can´t seem to help myself. True love means one respects ALL things. Still, at least I´m conscious of the fact and am working on it.

      The humans are exactly the same. The poor dears often believe they have genuine love within themselves and then they will go and eat us animals. Thank goodness they don´t eat pussycats in our neck of the woods. Still, I suppose understanding what “true love” is all about is a matter of perception.

      If one manages to discover ones own balance in life, allowing ones compass to guide oneself, then it will become more difficult to get ill or experience tragic circumstances.

       Precisely, one must discover ones own balance and believe in oneself.

If one of the keys, or compass points, is misaligned then illness will eventually creep into ones life.

I sometimes have a problem with my right eye, if being truthful, perhaps because there are some things I don´t want to see in life.

       That´s probably why many humans do not hear so well. There are things in life which they do not want to hear. The body is a clever “machine” and will help sort out your problems.

       The body says; your wish is my command and hey presto – if one cannot look at some areas of life the body helps you and makes your vision become more blurred, as in my case

       I believe that it is the same with all illnesses. Contrary to popular belief and what Governments and the pharmaceutical industry wish to make us all believe, illness does not just come out of the blue.

If we avoid maintaining our bodies then our bodies will eventually, fall to pieces. The choice is ours.

       I think the magic word is called “self-responsibility” Sir Winston.

It´s the same with next door neighbours dog. He can´t hardly walk but he must keep on the move. Perhaps he should stay put sometimes because there is something waiting for him to discover. His body helps him by gradually “making” him stay put. A shame the outcome has to be so tragic.

       I suppose we are all afraid of looking at the real truth. Indeed, fear is the main motivator for illness. Most illnesses appear because of some deep-rooted fear somewhere or another.

Although because I am a cat and cannot understand it all, I can recommend a small book by Louise Hay which is called “Heal your Body”. It may help some of you folks discover the proper key for your own journey.

       And although it is rather trying sometimes, please try and align your compass. You´ll feel a better person if you can.

With love from Sir Winston and myself, Mr Midnight.

 

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Be yourself!

Sitting on top of the boulders which overlooked our house was the perfect place to be for Mr Midnight and Sir Winston, especially on warm, sunny days.

       It´s kind of nice that the weather angels have made an effort today and warmed up our favourite sitting place.

      I´m most grateful. It´s a wonderful view from up here and it´s even more special when the weather angels are in a good mood.

       Look who´s leaving our neighbours house.  Mr Dog is taking his human for a walk again.

      I think it´s the other way around Mr Midnight. Doggies love obeying human beings and they often copy  their masters actions.

      But I was under the strong impression that human beings loved copying one another. Surely Mr Dog hasn´t fallen so low as to blindly follow instruction from the humans. I must be very naive because I believed it to be the other way around.

      Doggies can´t help it Mr Midnight. They wish to be loved properly and will do almost anything to please their masters.

I think he´s a happy dog though.

      Well thank goodness I´m a cat!

I´m not having any of that “blind obedience” stuff. Surely souls are supposed to go through life with their own free will. That´s what my cat intuition informs me.

      Which is probably why so many people dislike cats Mr Midnight.

Although lots of human beings adore us,  many seem to dislike us.

      I thought those who dislike cats were simply afraid of us.

      Oh no no. I don´t think that´s right Mr M.

I believe it has more to do with the fact that some human beings need to have control over other souls and because it is not in our cat nature to be as obedient as Mr Dog next door, they find our behaviour unnerving.

      But they could learn a thing or two from us cats couldn´t they.

How about trying to learn to let go of things and to go with the flow of life.  That would be a great start.

      They either don´t want to let go of things, much preferring to adhere to their past patterns and habits, or they simply cannot let go because of being afraid to do so.

Of course, most human beings would never admit to such a possibility.

      Well as long as everybody is happy about being controlled by others it´s fine by me.

As for myself, I´m really thankful that I´m a cat and that I understand the true meaning of the word “freedom”.

      I suspect that if being truthful, many human beings are not happy with their current situations but the road to true freedom is a long one. Thank goodness at least some are on their way.

      Well `m going to have a little nap now on these wonderful heated boulders. They are really good for preventing  sciatica problems.

       I´ll keep you company if you don´t mind. 🙂

 

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Is Your Health Really Important?

The sun was shining and a cool, light westerly breeze stroked the fur of Mr Midnight and Sir Winston as they sat atop the boulders overlooking their kingdom. They often sat upon the boulders when they were in a philosophising mood and today, was one of those days.

  (The patch of green Mr Midnight and Sir Winston adore.)

       As usual Sir Winston, I can´t make head nor tail of the human psyche.  They are a baffling lot aren´t they.

       What are you going on about Mr Midnight?  I must admit, human behaviour is sometimes difficult to get to grips with but I suppose it´s no different than a human trying to fathom out a cats behaviour.

       You´re probably correct in your assumption Sir W. but at least we cats do not say things that aren´t true.  We are always true to ourselves and never claim things that are simply not true.

       I don´t know what you´re waffling on about Mr Midnight so perhaps you can lend me a paw to understand.

       Well, I´ve noticed that among other things, human beings often claim that their health is one the most important things in their lives.

       And what´s wrong with that?

       The claim´s not true is it.

I think many must have a dose of that illness that creates fake activity – fake news I think they call it. Faking appears to be the sign-of-the-times.

       Can you elaborate a little please?

       How can human´s claim that their health is so important while at the same time, they seem to do very little for their health?

They must believe that one becomes ill just out of the blue and that they themselves, have nothing to do with their illness.

       I believe that is indeed, the assumption of many human beings.  I feel sorry for them in a way.

       He could be wrong, but I`ve heard from Vladimir the Russian Blue pussycat from down the road that human beings are often unconcious of how they treat their bodies.

For example, they seem to always be attached to their mobile gadgets . . . .

        . . .  sorry for interrupting but I think they need the gadgets in which to get through life. The things appear to be very addictive – even life-saving.

       There could be some truth to what you say Sir W.

Human beings will sadly, often eat their meals in a most unhealthy manner and I´ve heard from Mr Dog next door that their food quality is also not what it should be or what is suggested on the labels of their food.

From my observations, the majority appear to ignore the fact that modern human lifestyles destroy our environment. Human beings often don´t drink enough fluids.  They don´t move about very much, apart from when wheels of some description are underneath their person and they frequently abuse their bodies by denying themselves enough quality sleep.

       Quality sleep is something the humans could learn from us pussycats.

Sleeping allows our bodies to recharge for the next day. Without a recharge our energies eventually become exhausted.  That´s when problems start to occur.

One has to feel sorry for the humans doesn´t one.

       And that´s why I find their claim about their health being important to be somewhat bizarre.

If a person cannot take time to care for themself properly then who is going to look after them?

The human beings are certainly a baffling species sometimes.

       I´m sure they´ll get the hang of how to go through life smoothly eventually.  They just need a little more practice that´s all.

       Perhaps the human beings should try to love themselves a little more and then some of their illnesses would perhaps, disappear.

       Love is certainly good medicine Mr Midnight.

       We both wish you human beings all the very best on your journey of discovery and hope that some of you discover the secret to staying nice and healthy.  It really is up to you which way you decide to go.

Love from Mr Midnight and Sir Winston.  xxx

 

(C) MAGS June 2017.

Intolerance, authoritarianism and nationalism

It was a wet sunday afternoon and Mr Midnight, Sir Winston and myself had decided to go upstairs into the study to make a comfortable afternoon. I made a fresh cup of my favourite darjeeling (Steinthal First flush) and then went upstairs with my two lads close behind. After a while, our topic of conversation turned to a topic which was becoming more and more prominent every day in the world news.

Here is a jist of our conversation:-

       I don´t understand it all. So much victimhood and dissatisfaction uncontrollably seems to spread around the “modern” world like a mad virus.

       I think that´s partly due to the new craze of the times.  That crazy thing called Nationalism.

       There´s lots of information here in these books daddy about your human thing called Nationalism.

I think Nationalism is an evil.

It causes wars, its roots lie in xenophobia and racism, it is a recent phenomenon – an invention of the last few centuries – which has been of immense service to demagogues and tyrants but to no one else.

       Quite true Sir Winston. Disguised as patriotism and love of one´s country, it trades on the unreason of mass psychology to make a variety of horrors seem acceptable, even honourable.

       I see what you  mean daddy.  Here´s an example:  if someone said to you, “I am going to send your son to kill the boy next door”, you would quite rightly hotly protest. But let him seduce you with  “Queen and Country!”, “The Fatherland!”, “My Country right or wrong!” and you will find yourself permitting him to send all our sons to kill not just the sons of other people, but other people indiscrimanately – which is what your bombs and bullets do.

It´s a mad, mad world out there!

       Look daddy in this book. That not very nice gentleman, Mr Hitler, once said, “The effectiveness of the truly national leader consists in preventing his people from dividing their attention, and keeping it fixed on a common enemy”.

       That man was truly off his rocker wasn´t he. How ill can one get.

       Here´s a quote from Goethe who once remarked that nationalistic feelings “are at their strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture”.

       That Mr Goethe was a smart fellow wasn´t he.

       But he also proves that nationalistic tendencies are not only a sign of our present times because he died quite a few years ago.

       Nationalists take certain unexceptionable desires and muddle them with unacceptable ones.  We individually wish to run our own affairs; that is unexceptionable.  Most of us value the culture which shaped our development and gave us our sense of personal and group identity; that too is unexceptionable. But the nationalist persuades us that the existence of other groups and cultures somehow puts these things at risk, and that the only way to protect them is to see ourselves as members of a distinct collective, defined by ethnicity, geography, or sameness of language or religion, and to build a wall around ourselves to keep out “foreigners”.

It is not enough that the others are other; we have to see them as a threat –  at the very least to “our way of life”, perhaps to our jobs, even to our daughters.

       Your human idea of nationalism suggests that of a “nation”. The word is meaningless: all “nations” are mongrel, a mixture of so many immigrations and mixings of people over time that the very idea of ethnicity is largely comical, except in places where the boast has to be either that the community there remained so remote or disengaged, or so conquered, for the greater part of history, that it succeeded in keeping its gene pool “pure” ( a cynic might say “inbred”).

       I do hope you humans get your act together because we all, even little pussy cats, have the same basic wishes in life; namely to live in peace and be loved.

       I´m going down stairs now to get another cuppa. All this stuff about nationalism on a Sunday afternoon has dried my mouth out.

       I couldn´t agree with you more daddy. Our topic this time round is very dull and dry. I think  I will join you and have a large bowl of milk.

       I´m all up for that, but before we go, allow me to quote some wise words from a Mr George Bernard Shaw.

He said; “Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it….”

His words certainly make me think!

 

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* This article was based on an extract from the book “The Meaning of Things” by A C Grayling.

Sing out loud!

MM-Avatar       Meeooowww!   oooowww!   wooowww! Meeeoooowwwww!

SW-Avatar       I think i´ll join in Mr Midnight.  Meeoow Meeooww Meeeoooowwwwww!

author-Avatar       What is going off?  You both sound terrible what with your high-toned screeching and meowing racket.

Can you give it a break?

MM-Avatar       Don´t be so cheeky daddy!  We´re both practicing our vocals.  It´s not our problem that you don´t appreciate our vocal-session.

author-Avatar        Is there any particular reason?  Are you going to a party or something?

SW-Avatar       One doesn´t have to have a reason to sing daddy.

MM-Avatar       Although I do wish there was a pawty going off somewhere. I just love the things!

SW-Avatar       Singing is healthy and is good for you. You humans should do it more often. We cats love singing occasionally.

author-Avatar       But we humans do sing quite a lot.

MM-Avatar       But you should try and sing with all you´ve got. You know, make your voice heard!

I was creeping about the grounds of that spooky, old building where all you humans disappear at the end of your lives the other day and I couldn´t help over hear the “singing” in the building. I think you call the songs Christmas songs.

I thought Christmas was a happy celebration of that Jesus chappie.

author-Avatar      It is.  We love clebebrating the birth of Jesus.

MM-Avatar       Well you could have fooled me!

The only sounds I heard were monotone sounds which were “sang” in a rather dull fashion. The singing I heard was just as atrocious as our cat attempts at singing.

I thought celebrations were to be rejoiced.

author-Avatar       For some strange reason many of us humans seem to be frightened about singing in public.

SW-Avatar       Perhaps some of you are frightend of hearing your own voice.

MM-Avatar       Well I was aware that many humans are afraid to speak out their own truth but singing at a celebration should be easy peasy pudding and pie.

Humans don´t seem to have a problem when singing at your football matches.

SW-Avatar       That´s probably because at football matches, one “feels” the emotion within ones heart.

Although many people are religious perhaps they don´t feel the “true” faith within their hearts; thus making it difficult to “praise the lord” and sing out with fervour.

I could be wrong though, although I do know that singing is healthy.

It´s good for the brain and can enhance mental awareness, concentration and memory.

MM-Avatar       One can develop healthier breathing patterns which can help cope with various lung dieseases.

author-Avatar       Singing has also been proved to boost our immune system.

SW-Avatar       It´s a good work out. You´ll work out your lungs, improve circulation and tone your abdominal muscles.

MM-Avatar       Your feelings of safety and confidence will improve when singing in a group. We cats especially love singing in groups.

author-Avatar       Your posture will get straighter and you´ll gradually look more confident.

SW-Avatar       You´ll sleep better as a result of not being so stressed. This is another reason we cats love singing.

MM-Avatar       Singing releases endorphins, which make you feel instantly happier.

SW-Avatar       So the benefits of singing and raising your voice are very beneficial to your wellbeing.

MM-Avatar       Just let it all go and go with the flow. Sing out loud and raise your voice!

You all have something to say so look after yourself properly and just get it out of you!!

 

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