This sweet cat is Edith. Edith’s superpower is that she is a powerfully persuasive lap cat. Occasionally, I like to rest with my cat.
Edith’s superpower is that she makes me sit still. She forces me to rest.
I’ve got a lot on my plate these days. I own and run my own business called Strength & Shield Coaching, LLC. Also, I coach high-performing women as a Health Detective. I have a fulfilling corporate career with USAA. I’m the administrator for FCA at West Point and am an executive Clarity Coach for; a company called Talentism. I am a wife and a Mom, a CrossFitter, home-improver, and nature-walker.
I am blessed to have lots of things to do that aligned with my sense of purpose.
But what that also means is that I have to be intentional about rest or risk burnout. In other words, I need to rest more often, and what better way to relax than with my cat, Edith.
I don’t want to be any less driven. I do not want to have fewer things to do. I want to have the energy to do the things I need to do. That means I need to respect to rest.
We adopted Edith from a shelter in Brooklyn about ten years ago, during a time in my life when I didn’t respect rest, and many of the tasks that consumed my time and energy did not align with my purpose. It was exhausting. I was exhausted.
Anytime I sat still: Edith decided I should sit still for a longer time than I had intended, which was what I needed. My cat had taught me how to rest unknowingly. While I have a different perspective on rest nowadays, Edith still helps me to sit. For this and many other reasons, I cherish her.
Do you have a shelter pet that you’ve adopted? I’d love to hear from you! Drop a pic in the comments, and tell me what your adopted pet has meant to you.
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