1/28/08

catmasutra - angel & halo

Imagine if we took a wrong turn and went down a wrong path, wouldn't it be nice to be able to reverse things? Sometimes it's interesting to reverse the events just so that we can see stories unfold differently. Who knows? Maybe life's really a stage and all of us actors in the play. The trick of course is to allow for a possibility to step out of it, and in doing so discover the humor of it all. As it always has been, the more we try to control or possess life, the more it slips away from us. The more we let go, the easier it comes to us. That must be the greatest irony of life.

Imagine if you will, watching a World War II movie shown in reverse as described in Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Slaughter-house-five : American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses, took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France, a few German fighter planes flew at them backwards, sucked bullets and shell fragments from some of the planes and crewmen. They did the same for the wrecked American bombers on the ground, and those planes flew up backwards to join the formation.

The formation flew backwards over a German city that was in flames. The bombers opened their bomb bay doors, exerted miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers, and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes... When the bombers got back to base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States, where factories were operating day and night, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals... The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.

Halo is a cat who lost its purr and then found it back again. She stopped purring when we got Angel. Even though Angel was just a kitten, Halo was always on her toes/claws/paws, wary of the new addition and as such, everything else around her. I'm not sure if I have done anything that affected Halo's personality or maybe she's just born with a more conservative personality haha. Angel is nonchalant about everything as if the world itself is his domain and playground. And now, I have no idea what triggered the change, even after being 'attacked' by Angel countless times (who loves to pounce on her and catch her unawares ), she suddenly found herself purring again. She has become more relaxed and sure of herself. Instinctively, Halo has begun to trust her environment, and doing so instinctively, she is able to be herself, playing more actively than I have seen her in years!


All beings are heirs to their own karma. Everything arises and passes away according to their own time. We are taught to chase after our time, to possess it, control it so that we can be happy. And in so doing, we realize there are so many things we need just to be satisfied, and when the satisfaction turns into dissatisfaction as it always does, we are at it again, looking for the next gratification. Our individual life is an expression of what is unique to each of us, a mystery which we should be comfortable with in the midst of all that happens to us.

And with Jack daniels and Coke...
cheers ;)

Post a Comment