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­­­My Guru Has a Tail, Episode 4: The Evil Fountain

photo: eflon on flickr

photo: eflon on flickr

How do you react when something new enters your environment?

Do you embrace it wholeheartedly, with a smile on your face and a glow in your heart?

Do you ignore it, pretending it’s not really there?

Or do you try to eradicate it by any means necessary, resorting to violence if needed?

My guru, Lucy the cat, regularly demonstrated all three of these approaches.

Tuna was greeted with an enthusiastic welcome. Expensive cat toys were met with indifference. And evil fountains were approached with thoughts of violence.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Several years ago when the Guru was still on this plane, Melissa and I had our house feng-shui’d. Our Feng Shui consultant, Betty Perkins, told us that having running water in our back yard would be super good juju for the house.

Luckily, we already had a fountain in the back yard. It just wasn’t working.

So we had our friend and yard guy, Barry Costa, put a new pump in the fountain, and we were off and running.

Groovy vibes all over the place! A lush, running fountain to heal all the ails of our house!

There was just one problem.

We needed to tell the Guru about it.

It was her house, after all. She needed to be immediately informed of any and all updates to her property.

She was napping at the time, and we knew we should probably just leave her alone, but we couldn’t help it.

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

I tried coaxing her with my finger, but she wasn’t having it.

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

We needed to bring out the big guns.

The lift.

­­­My Guru Has a Tail, Episode 4: The Evil Fountain

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

It went pretty well, considering I only had to carry her a few yards. Next thing we knew, we were in the back yard.

I introduced Lucy to the new fountain.

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

She responded by showing the fountain her butt.

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

The fountain is evil. I will have nothing to do with the fountain. I will display my backside to the fountain as a sign of my utter disgust and loathing.

But this didn’t last long.

She was a guru, after all. She couldn’t help but open herself to the glory of creation all around her.

Lucy approached the evil fountain slowly, with an air of caution.

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

So far, so good. The next step was to smell it.

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

Although I have declared you evil, you do not smell evil. Indeed, you smell fresh and clean. Perhaps I need to rethink my initial assessment.

The Guru decided to test out her new assessment by placing a single paw on the previously-evil fountain.

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

The fountain did not bite her. It did not engulf her with its evil ways. Instead, it welcomed her.

The Guru accepted the welcome by climbing up onto the fountain . . . .

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

. . . and drinking from its cool, delicious waters.

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

Melissa and I cheered. The Guru liked the fountain! The fountain wasn’t Evil, it was Good!

The Guru celebrated by climbing off the fountain and giving me a kiss.

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

Once again, the Guru was my inspiration. How many times have I had something new enter my life, only to cringe with fear and suspicion? How many times have I decided the new thing is evil and refuse to change my view?

The Guru did that too, at first. But she quickly changed her mind.

The fountain wasn’t against her. It was for ­­­her. Indeed, it offered cool, clear waters for her to drink.

The Guru reminds me that everything new that enters my life is for me, even if it appears to be evil at first. By making this shift in perception, I open to the good in all things.

With the Guru as my guide, I can drink from the water of new experiences, gaining wisdom and nourishment in the process.

And if all else fails, I can always turn around and show my butt.

photo: melissa phillippe

photo: melissa phillippe

When have you feared change? And when have you embraced it? Share your comments below!

Check out these previous Guru posts: The Fumigation, The Escape, and the Pet Psychic. Plus Lucy and her Pink Football! And Lucy gets addicted to kitty crack!

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8 Responses to ­­­My Guru Has a Tail, Episode 4: The Evil Fountain

  1. Angela July 9, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    It has been a lesson filled month for me and this wonderful reminder of our journey in life was just right.
    Thank You,
    Angela

    • Z Egloff July 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Hi Angela,

      Happy to be part of your lesson-filled month. It sounds rich!! :)

      XOZ

  2. Karen July 9, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Like Lucy, we probably have certain instincts that kick in when something new arrives, eliciting some caution until we sniff out and sample the situation.

    So glad that she ultimately embraced the fountain. Otherwise, well…let’s just say you’d now probably have more space in your back yard. Lucy rules with an iron paw, if she’s like my grand-kitty gurus.

    Thanks for another witty kitty post with a terrific message.

    • Z Egloff July 9, 2013 at 11:53 am #

      Hi Karen,

      Yes, Lucy is truly in charge of us all. I’m just glad I occasionally get a blog post out of it.

      Whenever one of these posts go up, I let Lucy know that her story is online and people are talking about it. As you may have guessed, I get no response to this announcement. I know, however, that she is secretly pleased. And that all is going according to her plan.

      XOZ

  3. River July 9, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Kitties know things we may not fathom like an expensive cat water-er that also functions as a human fountain. Keep the hose handy! Much of my environment works out to be something more than my first intent. My former ‘entertainment center’ cabinet started out as a TV holder and now is mostly storage space, for example. On a deeper level, it means I am spending more time on connecting with people and less time checking out in front of the blastednoisybox. So the guru is so correct – treasures are often hidden right in front of us as seemingly other things!

    Thanks for the Guru series, Z! I always get a smile out of your blog!

    • Z Egloff July 9, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      Hi River,

      Always awesome to see you here.

      I like this idea of something starting out to be one thing and then becoming something else. Your “entertainment center” is a wonderful example of this. I guess now your entertainment is truly outside the box! :)

      Hope all is well in your world!

      XOZ

  4. Jane Beach July 10, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    This is absolutely one of the most delightful stories I’ve ever read/seen! We can all relate to it, but no one in the world can tell it like you, Z!

    I bow to your incredible creativity.

    Loving you, Jane

    • Z Egloff July 10, 2013 at 11:24 am #

      Hi Jane,

      As you well know, this blog is simply created by the Divine leading me and telling me what to say. And then Lucy nudges me along as well.

      It’s a real treat for me to have you reading and enjoying this blog, as I am so inspired by you and your relationship with the Beloved. Wonderful to share this connection. :)

      XOZ

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