Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cat and Dog People

I was reading about relationships this morning in John Maxwell’s book, “Life@work”. He wrote the following statement:

“There are many of us who are too passive in relationships. Such people always think that it is the other person’s job to initiate. They never make the first move toward other people. Maybe not even the second or third step. They have become so accustomed to people pursuing them, and accept the selfish pursuit of powerful people, they are all but dead in their ability to initiate toward others.”

Haddon Robinson says there are two kinds of people in the world. There are cats and dogs. The cats say “Here I am!” and the dogs say, “There you are!” Cats make you come to where they are and dogs come to you wagging their tail, getting up into your lap and licking you.

Which kind of person are you?

The Duel
(The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat
by Eugene Field

The gingham dog and the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;
'Twas half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Nor one nor t'other had slept a wink!
The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat.
(I wasn't there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate!)

The gingham dog went " Bow-wow-wow!"
And the calico cat replied "Me-ow!"
The air was littered,an hour or so,
With bits of gingham and calico,
While the old Dutch clock in the chimney place
Up with it hands before its face,
For it always dreaded a family row!
(Now mind: I'm only telling you
What the old Dutch clock declares is true!)

The Chinese plate looked very blue,
And wailed,"Oh dear! What shall we do!"
But the gingham dog and the calico cat
Wallowed this way and tumbled that,
Employing every tooth and claw
In the awfullest way you ever saw-
And oh! how the gingham and calico flew!
(Don't fancy I exaggerate!
I got my news from the Chinese plate!)

Next morning where the two had sat
They found no trace of dog or cat;
And some folks think unto this day
That burglars stole the pair away!
But the truth about the cat and pup
Is this: they ate each other up!
Now what do you really think of that!
(The old Dutch clock, it told me so,
And that is how I came to know.)

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