Being on the bottom of a purring cat pile…
But the thing about happiness is it’s easily marred by external factors, as illustrated by this text exchange with my friend.
Me: <sending above picture> Check this out, all 4 cats on me
Friend: I’m jealous
Me: Don’t be… I have to pee and my back hurts 🙂
And just like that, a cozy situation becomes uncomfortable (literally!)
This is why I prefer to seek joy. Joy exists deep inside and can’t be stolen through discomfort or struggle.
Now, for a bit of Lucy.
Lucy is my more adventurous kitten (sometimes she’s lovingly referred to as “trouble”). When I introduced an activity cat feeder designed to slow their feeding down, my two older cats gave me a you-can’t-be-serious look and sauntered (waddled) away. Lucy, on the other hand, jumped right in. When sticking her head in the tunnels didn’t work, she finally figured out to use her paw and was rewarded with first dibs on the kibble.
One thing I love about Lucy is she plays hard and takes investigation to an all new (sometimes frustrating) level, but when it’s time to rest, she knows how to do it right. And for me, that is pure joy 🙂