Happiness is like a cat

“Happiness is like a cat, if you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you’ll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.” -William Bennett

Months ago, before winter arrived to the mountains, I went to Goodwill to drop off a car full of donations.  I parked and wandered into the store just to peek on the goodies.  I go in there like a kid in a candy store exploring all the treasures. I passed by this beautiful scarf.  I went back to it several times and finally wrapped it around my neck.  Oh, I could totally see myself in that scarf, some black boots, a long skirt, the perfect sweater, striding into Starbucks during winter on my weekly journey into Asheville.  I stood in line admiring my new $2 fine.  I kept rubbing it and wondered if it was one of those itchy materials that look better on the display than around a neck.  I didn’t care, it was too pretty and the colors matched with so many outfits. As I started to look at it closely I realized that the scarf was the same one I donated a month before because it IS super itchy.  Hey, at least I am consistent with my taste.

I didn’t buy it but placed it back on the rack for the next person. I laughed all the way home about my craziness.  I know my family and friends say I am absent-minded but this was beyond that…it was more like an Alzheimer’s moment.  Such ridiculousness always brings me back to the joy of life.  If you can’t find happiness in those moments that it rubs against you then you are missing out on life’s most incredible gift.  Have a happy and joyous day, everyone.

11 thoughts on “Happiness is like a cat

  1. Those cats bring a smile! Everything in this picture reflects a moment of free delight. As I look at it, I remember and am grateful for that memory.
    Thank you.

  2. skymunki

    the grass is not always greener on the other side. 🙂 love this. much deeper meaning in this moment of realization than meets the words…

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