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Higher Purrer

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Stanley is my “new” 10-year-old cat. He keeps my action plan in line and helps me work my program: trust God, clean house, and help others.

Since he is the purrfect lap cat, I am reluctant to shoo him off when he joins me for morning tea. While I wasn’t willing before to sit quietly for prayer and meditation, I now can easily spend an hour in quiet contemplation of the twenty-four hours ahead and ask God to direct my thinking.

Stanley helps me clean house because I am tidier now at home. I pick up strewn clothing, dust, and vacuum more often to keep from living in cat hair. Ew!

Also, being unwilling to dislodge this giant, purring fur ball, I don’t pop up for a snack or seek answers to the question of the day inside my refrigerator. Instead, I read Lifeline, listen to speakers, make a call, or write.

Stanley’s contribution to the “help others” portion of my plan comes from the increased positive emails, letters, and calls with family. They all live far away and can’t quite grasp my life in Alaska. They can, however, ask about the cat and request pictures. He has given us a new topic of discussion, one that is upbeat and personal. I also send out pictures and write to family members more frequently.

Stanley is resting his head on my arm as I write this. I am grateful and at peace—just a small reminder to me that help and love can come from unexpected sources.

— Edited and reprinted from The Northern Light newsletter, Anchorage Area Intergroup, January/February 2012

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