Meet Carlee--my lesson in letting go

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 sweater.

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?


  1. Dear Kelly,
    What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it with us. I thank you on behalf of so many abandoned animals and for giving these four kittens a second chance. You have a heart of gold. The Universe will give you so much more in return :)
    I'm still learning "to let go". It's difficult but it IS possible.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Thank you, Dear Claudia! Yes, the sheer number of abandoned cats is staggering. We must be mindful of the importance of having our animals neutered because of this. To me, letting go is a process and a journey--may yours be a smooth one. Merry Christmas to you!

  3. I came to learn through books, philosophy, and personal experience, that the universe works by means of opposite forces that create a balance. So the universe will give if we're willing to give or, like you say, "let go".
    I think your story is a perfect example.
    I try to give as much as I can. I'm still working on letting go.
    Happy new year!

  4. Thank you, Jay! I do believe that the Universe always gives--we simply need to see it, trust in it and then be grateful for it. Letting go is definitely part of this process. Happy New Year to you!


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