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The Cat & The Caterpillar January 19, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.

When I got to the fork, I saw a giant mushroom.  On it perched a Hookah Smoking Caterpillar.

“Hmm . . . curious and curiouser.”

From a floating smile, the Cheshire Cat emerged.

I asked the Cat and the Caterpillar, “Which way should I go?”

The Cat just grinned.

With that, the Caterpillar sat and started to chat, rather randomly at first and then with increasing clarity and wisdom:

Happiness is not waiting for us at the end of the road ~ it’s found here and now, by enjoying each step along the way!

“A good traveler has no set plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

I decided I was already exactly where I needed to be . . . so I sat to chat.

With the Cat and the Caterpillar.

And that was that.

I never reached the bend in the road.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Jill Weatherholt - January 19, 2020

Loved this, Nancy!

nrhatch - January 19, 2020

Yay! I have not been posting regularly, but I received a “hit” of inspiration this morning. No hookah required! 😀

2. Perpetua - January 19, 2020

I needed this. Pause ….

nrhatch - January 19, 2020


3. Kate Crimmins - January 19, 2020

I am pausing. Cat wants to chat. Gotta do it!

nrhatch - January 19, 2020

Cats are great companions when we want to enjoy a sit.

Kate Crimmins - January 19, 2020

It’s when they want to enjoy a sit. Our desires have nothing to do with it.

nrhatch - January 19, 2020

Good point, Kate.

4. granny1947 - January 19, 2020

Love it!!!

nrhatch - January 19, 2020

Yay! Glad it was a “hit” with you! 😛

5. Tippy Gnu - January 19, 2020

Lao Tzu’s advice would not be good for Expedia’s business. Pass the hookah, please.

nrhatch - January 19, 2020

His advice always reminds me of Al Stewart’s Year of the Cat:

Well morning comes and you’re still with her
And the bus and the tourists are gone
And you’ve thrown away your choice you’ve lost your ticket
So you have to stay on
But the drum-beat strains of the night remain
In the rhythm of the newborn day
You know sometime you’re bound to leave her
But for now you’re going to stay
In the year of the cat

Tippy Gnu - January 19, 2020

Good song. Though perhaps not the best to dedicate to one’s newfound love.

nrhatch - January 19, 2020

Right. You’d almost think that he viewed it as a passing fling, a trivial thing . . . just something to sing about. 😯

6. mybeautfulthings - January 19, 2020

I love this too. Happy New Year to you. 🙂

nrhatch - January 19, 2020

Thanks, Sally. To you too!

7. anotherday2paradise - January 19, 2020

Inspirational, Nancy. 👏🏻

nrhatch - January 19, 2020

Thanks, Sylvia. You and I have both been “talking to the animals” this week!

8. Behind the Story - January 19, 2020

I never get tired of Alice in Wonderland. I’ve recently been seeing an ad using the drink-me potion idea and a catchy tune. In the end, doesn’t Alice end up back at home?

Yes. Just be happy.

nrhatch - January 20, 2020

Alice in Wonderland is “all that” ~ instantly recognizable, cross generational, with fabulous staying power.

I think I’ve seen that commercial . . . but was more focused on the nod to Alice than on what ever it was they were trying to sell. 🙂

9. Ally Bean - January 20, 2020

I’m a big fan of Lewis Carroll so what he says, I like. Alice found her way home in her own time. Such a role model that Alice!

nrhatch - January 20, 2020

Whenever I reread AIW or ATTLG, I catch another subtle nuance hidden in his writing ~ true genius.

Sometimes all we need to do is “Wake Up.” 😀

Ally Bean - January 20, 2020

… and smell the coffee! ☕️

nrhatch - January 20, 2020

The best part of waking up!

10. L. Marie - January 21, 2020

Talk about being in the moment! Good advice, Nancy!
(I’m feeling very nostalgic right now. Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass was a book I was given when I was eight years old.😀)

nrhatch - January 21, 2020

Childhood favorites always make me nostalgic. Simpler life . . . with tons of time to bury myself in a book.

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