More Moments: Lessons From Everyday Life

Every week I receive emails from readers of this newsletter and I get to enjoy the feedback, reactions, and stories that come my way.  I appreciate hearing from you and it’s a big part of what’s kept me motivated to write these weekly newsletters over the last twelve years.

This time, in response to my friend Kathy’s decision to rescue a dog from down south (you can read the story here), I received a wonderful email from Mary and I wanted to share it with you. Mary wrote:

“I lost both my beloved kitties a year ago to renal failure. From following your weekly stories, I know you love your little one as much as I loved mine.

This week I decided I would start slowly picking up cat supplies for my new kitties “to be”.  You see, although I absolutely adore the companionship of cats, I had been stalling, as the pain of losing “my boys” was still very much with me.

I just happened to be coming from a medical appointment in a part of town I’m rarely in and saw a small pet shop. As I walked in, I noticed a cage with a couple cats in it but I went to the back of the store looking for litter pans.  When I came back to the front, one of the sales people was struggling – she was trying to clean the cage while holding a kitty.  I quickly offered to hold the kitty for her. Well, this little tabby melted into my arms…. he purred right away, he nuzzled, he just seemed to “fit.” I held him for about 10 minutes and when I put him back in his cage, he actually leapt from his cage onto my shoulder. Yes, this was a sign! And he had a brother…. and I wanted two boys.

But, there is a bit more to this story. I was still hesitant as these boys were 6 month-old rescue kitties and I wanted babies.

The next morning I met with my financial advisor who I hadn’t seen for a while.  I was telling her that I wanted to get a full-time or “real” job, as I was tired of the ups and downs of working as an independent.  But, I was encountering “ageism.”  Despite my exceptional qualifications, employers seemed to want someone younger. As I was driving away from the meeting, I suddenly realized what just happened. I connected the dots.

I drove straight to the pet store to pick up my 6 month-old little boys. They are here now – safe, secure, loved, and (unfortunately), climbing my curtains.”

I loved Mary’s story and so appreciated her for rescuing the cats so they could enjoy a loving home (something I strongly encourage people to do). Mary’s story is a beautiful lesson in being willing to give what we most hope to get. 

Check out her adorable new guys below. Congrats, Mary and thank you for sharing your story with our readers!

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This week’s video is of an interview between Bob Olson, creator of, and Dr. Brian Weiss, author of Many Lives, Many Masters.  There are lots of great videos on this site and you can find them here.



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Cheryl Richardson

Cheryl Richardson is the New York Times bestselling author of several books including, Take Time for Your LifeLife MakeoversStand Up for Your LifeThe Unmistakable Touch of GraceThe Art of Extreme Self Care, You Can Create an Exceptional Life with Louise Hay, and her new book, Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife.

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