Hello everyone on ATS from NoEXcUseS!
I have a little weight to get off my chest, but it will be tied into something everyone can appreciate: love.
I wasn't really sure where to post this at all, so move if need be mods
About an hour ago the veterinarian came to our house, to put down one of my cats, Merlyn
(awesome name, I know). This has just got me thinking
about love and the things in life we take for granted.
He had congestive heart failure, with his lungs filling with fluid and rapid loss of weight. He became extremely skinny, so much so that he hardly had
energy to walk around the house, to get food, or to go potty (it would be silly to say cats go to the "bathroom"). He survived much longer than I
expected in his condition, but he was struggling through it all. He had difficulty breathing, it was very labored, you could see he actually had to
just to breathe and the muscle movements were very exaggerated. He would have coughing fits that turned into convulsions where it appeared
he was trying to hack up an extreme hairball but simply couldn't. This would happen multiple times per day. He could really only sit in one
position, Sphinx style (we often called him Sphinx kitty because he sat like it a lot), because if he tried to roll over or be cute it put too much
pressure on his lungs and he would have a coughing attack.
Anyways this got me thinking, as I'm sure it would with anyone, about love. Me and my family loved this cat with all our hearts, and he loved us
back too. I know his spirit is released from this physical world, and the pain and suffering he endured that came along with it.
We must cherish life dearly, for we only get one (per reincarnation, if you are so inclined) and the beauty of this world is so great that it cannot
be taken for granted. Life as we know it, started slowly from birth, but can be gone in a flash. Cherish those that you love, and those that love you,
for without love this world would be a dreary place. I have been reading so many threads lately here where it seems that many people have jumped on
the hate-train, and it's steaming away, full speed ahead. Love as you would wish to be loved, and you shall receive that love. It is common
knowledge to most, if not all, that a person's "energy" or "vibe" can be felt and even more so that it can be...transferred, if you will. A more
appropriate term might be shared. When you exude love, people can actually feel this and it can change the way they think, speak, and feel. Now, if
you were in a room full of people and were stuck there for some time, would you want someone with bad vibes around you? No! Of course not, because
their negative energy will bring you down to their level. Likewise, someone with very positive energy can uplift your state of mind and make you more
happy and receptive to love.
I'm sure this is starting to ramble at this point, but like I said I have to get this off my chest, and those kind of things usually don't come off
particularly coherent. So what I want all you ATSer's to come away with here is, love all those around you, and they will love you in return; love is
one of the most important things in life and as they say, the more, the merrier
Good night ATS, and I hope everyone will awake tomorrow with a slightly freshened perspective, and maybe even give away a bit more love. After all, it
comes free and goes free, so why not spread the love (pun intended).
By the way, my cat Merlyn is survived by his brother Nicky
And our dog Emma (goofy Basset Hound)
[edited to embed pictures, hopefully
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