The Persistant Cat


I’m trying to write. I’ve worked on a dozen in-progress articles and I’ve not been happy with my progress on any of them. Some days, this is just part of the process. Edit, save, move on, and return another time (or day).

Ah, but on top of a little writer’s block, there is another danger to my focus. Daisy, the half-tailed cat, has decided that my attention is required. 

Daisy is strolling across the keyboard. Ekfna eapodf oeawwew23434. I put her on the floor and work to gain some focus on my ideas. Now the cat is gently biting my toes. I move her.

Daisy the Half-Tailed Cat

Daisy, the Half-Tailed Cat

Back to my writing. Meow. Save the unfinished article and look at another one. Meow. Pet cat again and speak. She purrs. I could toss her out of the room but I’m trying to not get up and break what small rhythm I have to my writing.

Now she is on the desk again, strolling across my work area. I set her down. Back to writing. She leaves the room. I realize she left the room. Okay, focus, focus. I consider a few new article topics to see what might inspire me today.

She’s back. Meow. I ignore her. Now she’s on the desk and getting settled in on top of the laser printer. Ah, quiet and still at last. But she’s waiting on me. The queen is only biding her time.

Sometimes my writing flows easily, sometimes it doesn’t. Like all of us, some days we can focus on our important tasks better and easier than others. I am unsure, however, if I have the focus and persistence of the cat. She’s not angry, she’s not offended, and she’s not to be distracted. She does not take “no” for an answer. Even if I were to toss her out of my office, then she would just meow louder and more often. A paw would start to appear-disappear-appear-repeat under the door. She has a mission and she is committed.

What can I accomplish today with such a positive yet persistent focus? What can I learn, discover, resolve, or complete?

Daisy may be a pain but she is also an example of focus, of sticking to a message, of having a goal, of goal attainment, and of persistence. And I got a story out of it. Funny how that worked out. Lessons await us, even when we first think they are only problems. Maybe she knew I needed her help. Meow.

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About the Author

Glenn S. Phillips works with leaders who want to leverage technology and understand risks within. An author and blogger, Glenn is often quoted in national media, plays a really ugly tuba (it even has a bullet hole) and is a fan of dark chocolate and great puns.