The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen R. Covey has absolutely nothing on Twelve Habits of Highly Successful Cats & Their Humans by Dulcy & Dee Ready.
After all, Covey isn't channeling the thinking of a superior being; that is, he doesn't work with a cat named Dulcy as Dee Ready does.
Dee Ready will not accept compliments for "her" writing because she's absolutely certain she is able to write because she channels Dulcy's words. So be it. Normally, I would say pish posh to such a belief, but if Dee Ready says something, then I know it's true.
I don't know how I can give any higher compliment to Dulcy and Dee than to say there is a purity in their writing that I rarely see. As I always tell friends and students about my beloved The Great Gatsby by F.
Each habit has a section by Dulcy intended for cats and kits. Then Dee adds how the habit has affected her life.
The habits include "Discover Your Heartwish," "Listen With An Open Heart," and "Share Your True Heart."
When Dee's second cat and Dulcy's companion, Bartleby, dies, Dulcy misses his friendship, but her heartwish has come true: Dee is now a one-person cat.
As Dulcy writes in "Grieve Your Losses": After his death, I rested on his grave each day and keened my love:
Gentle you are, unassuming
--artlessly sleeping and grooming.
Gracious you are, always purring
--kindness and companions preferring.
Gladness you are in your being
--beauty and bliss from your springing.
Gone; still your memory delighting,
--your love for us ever abiding.
Dee, in her section, then writes: Many people practice the stiff upper lip when they lose someone to change or to death. They can never let themselves mourn their loss . . . . A dream, a heartwish, can dissolve in the reality of daily-ness. A belief can fail to meet the needs of our growing experience.
I felt an especially strong connection to Dee's reaction at Bartleby's death; it brought back the death of my beloved Collie, Faulkner. I shed tears of sadness and joy over Dee's feelings about Bartleby. I grieved, and I still grieve the loss of The Dog of My Life. Dulcy and Dee's beauty brings him and his love back to me.
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You can also click on the image of the book on Dee Ready's blog at coming home to myself to make your purchase. The paperback is only $6.88. I strongly recommend purchasing a copy for yourself and several others as gifts for cat loving friends.
Infinities of love,