People Are a Problem – An Excerpt from Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness
I get out nearly every day and walk along the river near my home in Hachioji. I can count on seeing egrets, crows, caterpillars, butterflies, beetles, spiders and if I am lucky, a few feral cats. I got to pay tribute to one of those cats in Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness, a book by over 275 contributors now available on Amazon. Read on to find out how this wise cat reminded me of the inherent goodness of humans.
An excerpt from Goodness Abounds
As the road curved around towards the bridge, I saw the orange tabby cat sunning himself on the bank. Though I walk through his territory often, I rarely see him. I feel lucky whenever I catch a glimpse of him napping in the bushes or patrolling the river bank. Today he was sitting in plain view. I presumptuously took this as an invitation to stop and visit.
When I sat down near him on the grass, I thought he might move away. Instead, he shifted his weight and continued looking out at the river. I started to feel bad. Maybe I was intruding. Maybe he was irritated. “People are a problem” I heard in my head. I agreed and imagined all the ways people must interfere with his life – the nosey walkers like me, the dog owners, the cyclists…Crash!
I whipped my head around. There was a young boy in the middle of the road trapped under his bicycle. He must have taken the corner a little too fast. I raced over to help him and was relieved when he stood up, shocked but uninjured. After a few words, the boy got back on his bicycle and pedaled away.
With the excitement over, I looked back to my spot in the grass. The cat was gone, so I continued my walk, thinking about the boy. His accident reminded me of years ago when I, too, had crashed my bicycle. A nice lady had stopped to ask if I was ok. A thought popped into my head: “People are nice, you know.” I chuckled to myself and hoped the cat had been watching me with the boy. Maybe he would understand that sometimes people are nice. I looked up. The cat WAS watching. Had he been following me? He sat there facing the road. Facing me!
Then I got it. My exchange with the boy was not to show the tabby cat that people were nice. It was to remind me. I bowed my head and thanked him. All the way home I chanted, “People are nice, you know! People are nice.”
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About the Author:
Hi! I'm Marci. When I'm not writing, building websites, or coaching clients, I love walking the streets of Japan and discovering spirit in all shapes and forms. Here on the blog, you'll also get a peek into what it is like to live with and care for my Japanese father-in-law who has Alzheimer’s. Enjoy!