I count as a “still point” anything that causes me to be present to the present moment — not avoiding or distracting myself away from the reality of where I really am.
And so, sometimes, the still point I most need is found in watching Diva.
One of her favorite things to do is sit in front of the screen door, looking out on the neighborhood. She’ll sit in the same position for such a long time, and the only things moving are her ears, which twitch from time to time, or her face, which moves up, down, and side to side as she watches squirrels climb trees, lizards cross the porch, or cars drive by.
I love her contentment and curiosity.
As I typed this post, she discovered a small-sized box I put in the middle of our front room after I returned from Costco. It took her about an hour to discover it sitting there, waiting for her, but once she found it, she put her front paws inside of it, straddling it, and rubbed her face along the box edge. Then she put the rest of herself inside the box and sat there, looking around, triumphant.
Sometimes she sits stock-still about two inches in front of the air conditioning vent in our hallway, staring at it. I have no idea why she does this.
Just a moment ago, she rubbed her paws frantically against my leg when she heard me singing an Adele song. Then, when I pulled her on my lap to give her a squeeze, she wriggled out of my arms and jumped on the table, all so she could sit on the opposite side of my laptop screen and rub her face along its edge.
When she’s curious, I watch her.
When she’s still as a statue, I watch her.
When she’s sleeping, I watch her.
When she’s wandering around the house, I watch her.
When she’s tolerating Solomon’s advances, I watch her.
When she stares up at me with her plaintive blue eyes, I watch her.
I learn so much, just watching Diva. She fills my heart so full, I think it’s going to explode. I’m thankful for the way she teaches me how to love, both in the way I love her and in the way she loves me.
I find still points in the day watching Diva.
What about you? Where are you finding still points right now?