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Spinning in Circles
Published on Thursday, October 23, 2014 by

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Where does the time go? These last few weeks have found me running in circles, finding little time to write.

Not that things have been bad. Sure, there is plenty of stress. Kids overwhelmed with school and college, money worries, accident pain and everything else. But there is also good.

I’ve got all three kids under the same roof again. The weather and ocean stayed warm enough for me to swim in October. My oldest has been my gym buddy. And everyone’s health has been generally decent.

Just as I was pondering how things were going pretty smoothly, I hit yet another bump. But this bump felt like a mountain when I had to put my 14-year-old cat Olie down this week.

It is times like this when you throw your arms to the sky and beg for mercy. No longer flying, you find yourself stuck in the sand, unable to dig yourself out. Just like the picture above that I took of a single feather, trapped and left to spin about without flight.

But when you find yourself trapped, take a moment to stop and take a breath. Look at your environment and see what tools you have to make things work. Rather than fighting against the wind, bend IN to the wind.

You may just surprise yourself. Because all the while you have been running in a never ending circle, you often and quite unexpectedly make something beautiful.  Don’t ever forget to look at the big picture.

circle of sand

Here is to finding something beautiful in your busy life!

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  • Ron

    Katherine, this is an awesome post with such an inspiring message!

    “…take a moment to stop and take a breath. Look at your environment and see what tools you have to make things work. Rather than fighting against the wind, bend IN to the wind.”

    You are so spot on about that. We often resist what’s happening and fight the wind. But it’s exactly as you said, if we bend IN to the wind, we find the tools to make things work. In fact, this is what I went through last summer with my job. However, when I went with the flow, it all worked out for the best.

    So sorry to hear about Olie because I understand how difficult it is losing a pet.

    (((((( You ))))))

    Thank you so much for sharing this post, my friend. Very wise words.


    P.S. love the photographs!

    • I learned a lot of this stuff after reading about your Mom. I am always so inspired by your stories of her. She was a strong and amazing woman.

  • I’m so, so sorry about the loss of your baby. We have an old dog and worry about her all the time. They are so precious.

    I love your upbeat attitude. You just have to stop and see the beauty around you. I’m glad you know that.

    Have a blessed day and weekend. ☺

    • Thank you so much. I have had dogs AND cats… and I honestly think dogs are MUCH harder when it comes to difficult decisions. Hang in there and enjoy every minute with your puppy!

  • I was so sad to read about your baby. This is such an awful time for us, yet we continue to have pets, because without them, something is missing in our lives.

    To think that a simple feather, stuck in the sand, made that circular pattern. There is always something of beauty we can find, if we keep our eyes open 🙂

    • Your words are so true. When I was going through it all, I was thinking, “Why get pets when you get hurt so bad.” I had to remind myself of the 14 years of happiness we had with her. Although the end was so amazingly painful, there was so much joy before it! Thank you for that reminder.

  • Hey Katherine, I’m sad to hear about your cat. The rest is wisdom. Indigo x

  • Katherine, I am so sorry to hear about Olie. I know that feeling…like you ran smack dab into that mountain. Sending you a virtual hug.

    We do all need to take a step back now and then and look at the big picture.

    • I still think, “Oh I have to feed Olie.” I miss her. But she lived a full life and we were able to take away her pain within a day.

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