Hi Journal & Friends,
I think my new kitty, Vevie, is part dog.
I've had cats all my life, but I'm telling ya, Vevie (rhymes with Stevie) like to play tug-o-war with her toys, and is constantly chewing on stuff like a puppy!
Stuff like... oh... the cord to my ipod earbuds. Or electrical cords. Or my clothing... while I'm IN them. Or ANYTHING within reach of her raptor-sharp little teeth!
I guess it's normal... I guess. It seems as though she MUST do this, like a teething puppy. But she's almost 5 months old now.
I've tried all kinds of "coping techniques"... different substitutes. Healthy ways for her to handle her "stress", the need to chew. Nope.
Finally... today... SUCCESS! I discovered she loves the texture and "chewability" of an old, thick, wash cloth rolled up into a tube shape. She wraps her paws around it in a hug, and chews away contentedly!!
And it got me to thinking... it's just like us. We, too, must find the ways of coping with daily stress that we actually like, that are healthy, that work for us. Chewing electrical cords wouldn't work for me, methinks.
We try things... they don't work. But that doesn't mean we give up!! We KEEP trying, til we hit on the "chew toy" that works for us. I've found a few ways for myself... now to keep doing it, making them habit, til it becomes automatic, the "new me".
Never quit... just keep going, and you WILL find your own healthy "chew toy".
Now I'm off to buy new ipod earbuds. :-}
From Dr Phil's book: "You must embrace the fact that you own your problems and take action to solve them."
My verse for today: "The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble."
My quote for today: "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." --Muhammad Ali
Enjoy the Journey,