The White Butterflies: Eurythmy & Me
I find voluntary work very rewarding and fulfilling. For a start it is a way of contributing to the community. At 31, I started volunteering as a reflexologist in a cancer clinic. It really was an eye opener and made me see life in a different way. I felt close to tears while working with some of the clients. All I could do was be kind and offer support.
Volunteering can really make a difference and help gain a different perspective in life. Giving time for a cause is truly wonderful.
Eurythmy gave me such a purpose in my life and it was hard to replace that for a long time. Volunteering took me away from my personal troubles and made me a more caring and loving person. After six years, I decided to stop and try something else, so I volunteered for the National Cat Adoption Centre. There, I clean out litter trays and clean the outside area. I love the coffee they sell in the café!
Voluntary work has given me an opportunity to add colour to my life and to be happy in the present moment again.
I love the National Cat Adoption Centre because it is working with one general aim to look after cats until they get homes – most of them do in the end. There are loads of cats needing homes, so this place does a great service to them. I always feel so good doing voluntary work. I believe it is good for the soul and has been great for my wellbeing, since I started doing it.
After I lost my cat, Indy, I adopted a new cat from the Centre (I have written a whole other book about this experience.) It was a pleasure to get my Lily – a tortoiseshell cat. When I think about giving another cat a home, it makes me feel happy, and I know Indy would be happy, too.
I do believe part of my mission is to help cats. Losing Indy to cancer was traumatic and I will miss him for the rest of my life, but I believe he is watching over me now.
Sometimes life is all about change. We have to accept the changes that come and sometimes they are difficult to deal with.
I have decided that I will always have a cat in my life. The fact that I have brought happiness to Lily makes me feel so good. When I lost Indy, I missed buying cat food and feeding a cat in the morning. I found it devastating not having a cat and my mum convinced me to get another cat straightaway.
Lily has started connecting with me now and I love her company; she is full of joy and wonder. I love the feeling I have when I pick her up. It is pure bliss. Lily is part of my life in a very real way. I do not know her past, but I bet it wasn’t as good as it is now.
She has got used to her new home now and I have got used to the transition. I am proud to be a pet parent again. Cats are incredible animals and are so sensitive to your feelings. When you are having a rough day, they always help.
Lily is such an easy cat to have. She is independent and affectionate at the same time.
I am so blessed to have her in my life. She wakes me up in the morning, sometimes… you just can’t get the staff these days!
Lily is an independent and feisty cat, and very sweet at the same time. She goes out and has her little adventures, but she is great company, too.
Cats bring me a sense of calm and peace.
Marcia Lake (c) 2017 – 2018
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