I rarely share such personal stories here on my blog, but this spiritual tome bears telling as Christmas and all the miracles of the season approach.
Meet Carlee. This little gem,
the runt of the litter, came into my life as the lesson of letting go was
unfolding around me. While facilitating a workshop in New Carlisle, Gaspe, I
was dealing with a difficult personal situation occupying my thoughts. After
completing the workshop, a particularly unpleasant e-mail threatened to shatter
the enjoyment of what would be a day to tour the coast and
see Perce Rock with my colleague. So I asked the Universe to get me through the
challenge of my emotions and let me enjoy exploring this coastal region. One
hour later, I came upon a litter of four furry ball kittens along a dirt road
leading up to Black Lake. It seemed they were hitching a ride, having been
abandoned as I later learned commonly happens with the local population of unwanted
cats. My colleague and I stopped the rental car and the sparse traffic, not
knowing quite what to do. It was clear to me: I could not, after asking the
Universe for a miracle, bypass these animals whose situation made them far more
vulnerable and helpless than mine.
Herding cats is no easy feat; we finally
got them all settled into the car, and then the adventure of finding
them homes began! I had only one day to place these treasures or locate a refuge
that would care for them until good homes could be found. Harbored in the
bathroom of my hotel, along with litter, food and water, they ate voraciously
and slept in the bathtub while I worked the phones in a networking frenzy that
had one little black male placed with a family and the three remaining kittens going to
a wonderful refuge called Amis-Zoo run by Andree. Andree and her partner,
Michel came to my hotel room the night before I was to leave by plane the next
morning. She would take two kittens as I had told her I would take one home
with me. Unfortunately, the small private airline's administration told me
their policy of not allowing animals on the plane. I couldn't take the chance
of not being allowed on-board if I tried to smuggle this little angel in my
I had to let it all go...let my personal situation and the things I cannot change go, let these beautiful good-natured
kittens go, and I had to let go, the little one I wanted to keep, again telling
the Universe my wish to have her if a way could be found.
Andree entered my hotel room and got right down on
the floor with all of the kittens, now running loose and getting ready for
their transfer. I told Andree it would be three rather than two as I could not
take Carlee on the plane to Montreal. Then she looked up at me and said:
"I'm coming to Montreal in early December. I'll bring her to you."
Wow! I let go and the Universe provided!
Carlee is now home, adapting to my
existing two cats who’ve accepted her into the fray. She is independent, gentle,
affectionate and fearless--an interesting mix of characteristics that resonate
with me. Carlee is exactly where she needs to be. So am I. And all this just
because of my willingness to LET GO!
What is your story about letting go?