Monday, October 02, 2006

Zeus finds his spirit

Dear Ms. Winfrey,

My name is Zeus, and I currently live in Houston, Texas. I am quite familiar with your show, and I know that one of your mantras is to find your spirit. As I find your show very inspiring and heartwarming, I desired to do just that. I wanted to share my extraordinary journey of self-discovery with you, and hence, I write you this tale.

You have mentioned how to get rid of the "monkey mind", to stop being obsessed with rank and priviledge. This one was hard for me as I try very hard not to compare myself to other feline bloggers in the blogosphere, but I often find myself not measuring up. It was difficult to shed my obsession for Kukka-Maria, The Crew, The Meezers, and so many others. However, the comparing and contrasting needed to stop somehow as I was only hurting myself, and so I pushed forward.

I took your informative What Are You Hiding From Quiz to establish what was holding me back. Your advice was unbelievably spot on:

You deliberately "go blind" to significant aspects of your experience: maybe your own behavior, maybe someone else's, maybe both. Create a space and time for looking squarely at the truths you may be hiding from yourself. Group therapy or one-on-one counseling could make this easier and more effective.

So I decided to give myself the best therapy I knew how: a nap. It's amazing how much better everything is after you allow yourself a nap. I believe my human pet's mother may be onto something when she says, "Eat. Sleep. It will be better in the morning."

When I woke up, I knew the final thing I needed to accomplish was to discover what truths I had within myself. I was tired of listening to a barrage of stereotypes and innuendoes thrown on me by homo sapiens everywhere. I realized I had to take Life Coach Dr. Martha Beck's advice, and I had to come up with at least two to three little things I could say to myself every morning so I could remain true to myself. After some serious contemplation, I came up with the following:

1. I am infinitely precious.

2. I am worthy of being stroked and rubbed.

3. I am validated when I validate others.

What do you think, Ms. Winfrey? I have to say that after saying those repeatedly into the bathroom mirror, I only end up giggling. Is that not one positive aspect to all of this self-discovery: a renewed sense of humor?

I know that, thanks to you, my life has changed forever. I don't know what I would have done without you and your terrific show. I look forward to learning more about this intriguing process, and I hope to hear from you soon.


Carmen said...

Zeus, you ARE infinitely precious, and deserver to be petted and fawned over! If you ever come visit me in DC, I will treat you like a king!

Happy monday!

Gemini said...

Oh Zeus, you are so precious! You are one of my favoritest blogging cats!

Aloysius said...

My dear Zeus,

It's time that we all validate our natural cattitude--a quality in which you excel.

George, Tipper, Max & Misty said...

After receiving your sincere, heartfelt letter, no doubt Oprah will ask you to be a guest on her show. Who knows where this could lead, Zeus! So many of her guests have gone on to fame & fortune. Maybe you'll end hosting a show of your own.

But even if you don't, there's no need to compare yourself to anyone else. You're "The Amazing Zeus" and everyone who knows you loves your cattitude!

Kukka-Maria said...

Psycho babble...blah-blah...self-help...yadda-yadda.

Let's get to the real point:

What the...?!

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

Be wary of Ms. Winfrey. I fear she is a cult leader.

Kaze said...

Zeus....I love you!

Junior said...

Ah Zeus! You have plenty of felines and beans that love you! Never doubt your worth!

Sam I Am said...

Okey you can have your cat ti tude!As long as we can have tea for two. Your superiority, which is highly endearing, simultaneously.sniff-sniff

Lot's of Lick's

Colleen Gleason said...

Zeus,you infinitely precious thing! I think Ms. Winfrey ought to invite you on her show so all the world can see how worthy you are of all your well-deserved petting and fawning.

Definitely. I'll be the first to sign the petition!

caspersmom said...

Gosh Zeus you sure are smart to write a letter like that. Really liked the part about the nap, that was really good. I also like those three things to say to yourself in the morning. Maybe I should say those things too. Guess I could think a little and come up with my own three things. Hey let me know if you get to go on the show


Derby said...

I think you should have your own cat chat show. You are a worthy cat.

The Meezers said...

Zeus - we strive to be more like YOU! You are one of our heroes! You ARE infinitely precious and you deserve all the pets you can tolerate. - Miles and Sammy

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

I just took that quiz and got exactly the same result as you did! Do you think she says that to everybody?

Da Katz & Reni said...

Dear Zeusi,

I wike you. Don't fall down.

you iz a preshus kitty.

be good boy.

bye bye


kailani said...

I agree, everything looks brighter after a good cat nap.

Petey said...

Zeus, I see you becoming a motivational speaker in the future.

Anonymous said...

Well, I don't know about you, but I felt a lot better when I read this post! :)
I'm sure Oprah could learn a thing or two from you...