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Lesson #5 from the cat on the deck

Frank White

As abruptly as he had returned, the cat on the deck disappeared again.  What first appeared to be the beginning of a routine of lounging on the deck has turned out to be a much less predictable lifestyle for this cat.

Let me see if I can reconstruct this.  He appeared on the deck scrawny and in need.  He finally got sympathy that was mobilized into action in the form of daily rations.hello

A Cat on a Deck
A Cat on a Deck

He enjoyed the routine long enough to change his countenance from scrawny to plump.  Then he began to roam.  His brief forays into the woods eventually turned into an extended expeditions.  When he returned from his odyssey, he was demanding food.  After a day of eating and resting, he was gone as quickly as he had returned.

Now, perhaps it is becoming clear that the cat we never wanted responsibility for anyway is only using us.  He has found us as a wayfaring station, a port in the storm, a haven of rest.  He has tested his theory and found that he can return and receive a bowl of food on demand.

So, if the adventures in the woods get too wearisome or if the hunting adventures don’t prove successful he knows he can always return for a bowl of dry cat food and fresh water.

He is enjoying the life of an adventurer with the luxury of an outpost for respite.

Lesson #5 from the cat on the deck:

You may be wild at heart.  And, you may be brave enough to unleash your heart.  But, there is comfort in the security of an oasis you can always rely on.

Frank White
Frank Whitehttp://www.mediaworksdesign.com/
Frank White is a native of east Tennessee and reveres the hills and nature of the Cumberland Plateau and east Tennessee. He enjoys backpacking, canoeing and flyfishing. He and his wife, Natalie, have been Clarksville residents since 1979. Frank is the owner of MediaWorks, a design and printing company in Clarksville, TN. He earned a BS in mass communications and political science from Middle Tennessee State University and a master of arts in journalism from the Indiana University School of Journalism at Bloomington. He is a distinguished military graduate from ROTC at Indiana University and is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve having also served in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He served with the U.S. Army VII Corps in Operation Desert Storm. Frank is a passionate follower of Christ and seeks to mentor others in exploring the endless depths of grace.

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