My cat has developed a poor habit of late. She herds us towards her dishes and yowls incessantly, asking for more even though her bowls contain adequate amounts of food and water. It’s like she looks at them but doesn’t believe them. She can only be silenced by the sound of the food in the container where we store it. A simple mock pour will placate her for a time until she yet again demands more of what she already has.
It’s an exasperating habit, especially since she seems to be most likely to share her anguish between the hours of two and four. In the morning.
I don’t know what drives her need: fear? confusion? greed? dominance? Or maybe she just finds humor in making her humans dance.
The act, regardless of its motivations, drives me crazy. But I can relate.
There are times in my life when I exclaim that I do not have enough instead of seeing what I actually have.
“I don’t have enough time.”
Yes I do. But this sentence shifts the responsibility off of me and onto the rapidity of the earth’s rotations. Clever, huh? What I really mean when I use this phrase is that the purposed actions are not important enough for me to make time. Time is there. It’s up to me how I allocate it. It’s also up to me to learn to take responsibility for that.
“I don’t have enough money.”
This one is fear talking. I have enough money to live, to pay my bills and have some fun. What I don’t have is enough money to sooth my anxiety, a fallback fund large enough to quell fears about the future. I’m (slowly) working to build that fund, but in the meantime, I can work on the fears, many of which are rooted in unreality.
“I don’t have enough stuff.”
Yup, confusion talking here. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the idea that happiness can be bought. I find myself flipping through catalogues or fighting the urge to hit the stores when I am unsettled in some way. Material goods will only distract for a short time. Happiness can only be found within. And, the reality? I have the stuff I need.
“I don’t have enough followers/likes/comments/book sales.”
Let’s be honest. It’s nice to have people want to hear what you have to say. It’s nice to be appreciated. respected. It’s nice, but it’s also a slippery slope. It’s easy to get carried away with the numbers game, only feeling validated when they reach some ever-increasing quantity. The problem then is that you never feel satisfied with what you have. I’m working on bringing my yogic mind to blogging and accepting what is rather than wasting energy wishing for more.
How often do we fail to see what we really have? How often do we wish for more than we need? Look at what you have before bemoaning what you want.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go. My cat is yowling for more food.