Archive for March 30th, 2011

Kitty update

Simon Mar 30

Simon Feb 22

It’s time for an update on our four-legged friend, family member, and occupant. Simon has put on some weight though you may not be able to tell from this view. He has been in a playful mood lately (more than usual). All of his humans take turns and it is still not enough. The orange ball of yarn is one of his many toys that he enjoys putting into his water bowl (which took a bath just after this photo was snapped). We are still experimenting on canned food. He doesn’t usually like beef or chicken in a can, but we did try some of the Fancy Feast chicken and he loved it but…will he like it again? That’s the million dollar question. He has an appointment with the vet in the AM, so hopefully we can get some meds to completely shake what he has and he will get weighed again.

Happy Gardening and may all of your pets give you as much love as you love them!



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by johnbostick @ webshots

Life is a process. We are not born knowing everything. We first learn in our seemingly small finite spaces and then as our environment grows (as we become cognizant and aware of our surroundings) we learn how to deal with more things. In church we speak of spiritual maturity and our ever-longing hope to achieve higher levels. In life we speak of physical and mental maturity though the two don’t necessarily go hand in hand :). So what is maturity and if we gain in maturity (advance), can we lose our level that we have achieved? Yes. Life is a process. Things happen to us. We do things to others. Sometimes it is good things; sometimes bad. How we learn to deal with these things shapes us and has direct bearing on our maturity level.

As very young children we learn what is RIGHT and WRONG, but as adults we are faced with more difficult choices. Everything is not always black OR white-RIGHT or WRONG. This is not to say that one can reason his or her way from all rules and laws. People having moral backgrounds understand the reasoning and consequences of choices. In psychology, one learns about Kohlberg’s six stages of moral development. The Heinz dilemma is one the examples from Kohlberg that I can relate to. In this part of the theory-or actual model-a man does not have enough money to obtain a drug from a particular pharmacy to save his ill wife and the pharmacist will not lower the price. He is faced with the issue of stealing the drug. His choice is not what is evaluated to see where his moral maturity level is but rather his reasoning behind the choice-or your choice as you are the one put into the model. Should he choose to steal the drug, the maturity level is shown when he is willing to accept the consequence of his actions though there is more to the evaluation and reasoning process. I identify with this model because making this particular choice and having this maturity level exemplifies selfless love for his wife. When we operate selfishly, we do not show regard for others. We need to think of others-always.

There are those who say it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are happy. I disagree. I cannot hurt others in my pursuit of happiness if happiness is my goal. We all need something to work for, strive to attain, to have a goal we are reaching for. And, we need to think of others in our process.

Happy Gardening and may we remember others in the choices we make.


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