creative cat litter
and unseen connections
It’s odd where we learn lessons at times.
Take cat litter for example.
There are many brands and styles ranging from clay based clumping sand to silicone crystals.
We’re a bit strange around these parts.
We get our cat litter from the woodstove section of the big box hardware store.
Best of all? We don’t pay sales tax.
Well, heating fuel isn’t taxed were I live.
The cats are not dropping turds into the natural gas line.
We use the wood pellets - fuel for a pellet stove as cat litter.
In addition to being considerably less expensive than the litter they sell in stores, it has the added bonus of escaping the tax people.
There are some drawbacks however. In order to make it last longer, the turds need to be scooped. Unlike regular kitty litter that would clog the pipes, you don’t need to worry about this when using wood pellets.
Given that we can scoop it, we do scoop it.
Because we’re cheap, we feel compelled to scoop the poop regularly rather than merely dumping all the feline dumping at once.
Yesterday while poo scooping, I had what I figured was a single turd in my control.
That was my initial assessment.
The turd in the poo scoop was attached to another turd. That turd? It was attached to another.
These turds formed a turd train. In all, seven turds were connected.
Looking at the cat box, you would not have had any idea that there were any more than two or three turds.
Looking at the cat box, you’d have no idea they were all connected.
Picking them up however, I could see that they were all held together by hair. Thin cat hairs connected each lump of mystery.
So it goes with cat turds, so it goes with life.
We have aspects of our lives that seem like cat turds. Ideally, we scoop them up and make them go away.
Once we get scooping though?
Frequently we end up with a train of turds, connected by something we can’t see. Together, they’re more difficult to move. Together, they cause all kinds of problems.
It’s easy to underestimate the size of the crap piles in our lives that we struggle with. It’s difficult to see how they connect and link up.
When it comes time to scoop out the litter box of life, take your time, plan for some unforeseen, invisible connections. The job is likely bigger than you think.
You probably won’t be thanked for what you do.
People will notice if you don’t.
Get scooping you fool!