Sometimes You Need to Change or Move Your Box

Clive, my 23-pound tabby hunk of feline love, teaches me life lessons every day. I thought it was high time that I shared his words with you

Conventional Placement Doesn’t Always Work

Clive, making a new box to lay in
Clive, making a new box to lay in

My parents finally gave in and moved my litter box (at least during the daytime) to the hallway. I like it there. I don’t like it being back in a corner behind the laundry room door, because I have to go too far away from them to get in there. I like to be able to see and hear everything that is going on. The laundry is also sometimes running during the day, and the noise scares me while I am doing my business.

I expressed my need for my box to be moved in the clearest way I know how: by leaving my poop in the hallway on the carpet.

Once they gave in and moved my box each morning, we were both happy. I could go where we both wanted: in the hallway in my box!

One Size Does Not Fit All

Another breakthrough with my box happened after I had a neighbor come in and check on me when mom and dad were out of town. She noticed something that my parents hadn’t noticed, just because they see me everyday and everything about me is familiar to them

Our neighbor saw that I was struggling inside my box to cover my tracks. You see, I am about twice as large as most cats. The litter boxes with lids are made for average-sized cats, generally under 15 pounds. But I am a special more-than-20-pound hunk of feline love! I am a bigger—but I also believe that I have an extra special loving heart.

When the neighbor shared my struggle with my parents, they took the lid of my box off. It was so liberating! Now I can cover up my droppings like a cat is wired to do! My job is easier because I can move my body around as I need to—even with my unique differences.

Applications for Life and Business

Have you ever felt the need to change things up to get a fresh perspective? Have you ever thought your were trapped or caged by boxes that aren’t your shape? Maybe it is time to step out and try a different sized box. And, although it isn’t wise to turn your life upside down in a day, it may be time to try baby steps in a new direction to help you plan out a new course.

After years of prayer and struggle in a traditional career path, I moved out of state for a different life and I launched into a new direction of freelance writing and editing, both of which better suit me.

Within a year of making these changes, I met my husband, who I had always prayed for. He has enabled my new direction to be sustained. I, in turn, have the time and energy to meet his needs in a way that is most meaningful to him—with the gift of flexibility. A small business is not for everyone—and it doesn’t always pay well—but it is working now, in this season, for us.


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2 thoughts on “Sometimes You Need to Change or Move Your Box”

    1. I know he wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s so fun 🙂 I know your munchkins are too!

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