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It is time to Dare Greatly

"Daring Greatly by  Brené Brown

“Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown

Brené Brown wrote the book “Daring Greatly;” my senior staff member and I are reading the book right now. I like it when she reads out loud to me. That is what I hired her for. She is a good typist, and she has a nice voice when she reads.

I can read. But, I like to be read to. It reminds me of when I was a kitten and Mrs. Hodges taught me to read. She didn’t know she was teaching me. I sat in on the phonics lessons when she taught her oldest child to read.

One of the first words children learn to read is the word “cat.” c – a – t

A good choice for a first word. Much better than the word “dog.” d – o – g

After all, cats are better than dogs. I wrote a post before. Did you read it? Eight reasons why cats are better than dogs.

I like to be read to.

I like to be read to.

My typist hasn’t been available to type for me. She wastes her time checking status updates on facebook and reading odd news stories late at night. She could use her time better.

Well, I guess I could use my time better too. I take too many naps. Perhaps I just need to be more vulnerable.

I am blaming my typist for my lack of writing, but the real reason I have not written, is I have been feeling vulnerable. It is hard at times to write deep feelings. What if someone doesn’t like what I write? What is someone laughs at me? I fear criticism, so I haven’t asked Mrs. Hodges to type for me.

It is easier to take a nap, or go outside and eat grass, than it is to write. I want to be creative. I want to be innovation and start a new business with my writing.

We have only read up page 51 in the book, and already I know the only way to be creative is to be vulnerable.

 Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.
― Brené Brown

Will you dare greatly with me? Will you be vulnerable and create?

All the best,
xo
Love Pooh

If you would like to read Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly” you can buy it here on Amazon. It is an affiliate link. The pennies Amazon pays me helps to pay for kitty litter. We have four cats and seven litter boxes.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

About Pooh Hodges

I have had a hard life. Born to a single mother in a back alley in Wisconsin. I never knew my father. My sister died young. I am writing my story. Look for it.

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  • Amindele

    It is alright, Pooh. You are an awesome cat and a great writer.

  • La McCoy

    Dear Pooh,
    Mom is missing. I do not know what became of her. But she has always come back.
    My bro is here.
    I am not sure when I get to write next. Maybe Monday. Maybe Tuesday.
    Like your Mom, mine does not let me type.
    My blog is. http://Www.germanedel.blogspot.com.
    Thank you Pooh for supporting my blog.
    I enjoy your writing.
    Edelweiss

  • kathunsworth

    Hi Pooh, I write on my blog when I have something to say or an idea springs to mind. I was writing every week and decided it and the social media traps you speak of were stopping me from finishing my picture book, so now even though I still want to connect with you and other bloggers I am only commenting from time to time and have stepped back a little from the internet highway. I was being too social and having no work to show for it. Yes
    i agree we feel vulnerable but at the same time I get a buzz when I finish a post and press send or when I create another character and bring them to life in pencil. I will always have time for you xxxx

    • My dearest Kath,
      I am honored that you took the time to comment.

      My typist has such bad habits. She talks about writing and drawing, but she spends way to much time on social media. I will not fire her though, as she cleans all seven litter boxes twice a day. Bless her.

      I look forward to reading your book. May I write about it when it is released?

      All the best,
      xo
      love Pooh

      • kathunsworth

        Pooh don’t forget your typist is a very talented wordsmith and artist and like me she is only human, and we humans get stuck in facebook and twitter all the time, when we know we should be elsewhere.
        When the book is finished and I find a publisher, which will take some time You will be one of the first animals I will come to, unless you know a writing cow with good connections my friend. Here’s to a productive week, life sure gets in the way often xxx. Sometimes I wish I was a cat lazing in the sun all day, well thats what mine do.

        • Amindele

          Talk about it! I am a cat. Humans do get stuck in Facebooking or Face-Booking or whatever you call it.
          And don’t get me started on twitter.

  • Did you feel vulnerable went you wrote this post, Pooh. Did fear nearly stop you from writing it. I’m glad you did write this because you helped me and the other friends that left comments. And if you did not write it…we, your friends would not have felt better about our vulnerable selves today. It’s a lesson and one I forget at least once a week. That is why I do no write too often either.
    I feel that I do not want to waste my readers’s time.

    On a boat next to us is a very small human baby. And she has been crying all afternoon and her young mother does not understand english. I want to tell her to get the baby a dummy or maybe I can go over and curl up next to her and purr, so she can stop crying. She sounds so sad.

    I am going to South Africa soon and I will sent you so pictures of me.
    Take care,
    M

    • Oh my dearest Marshmellow,
      I wish I was going with you. If only I could learn to barf over the side of a boat when it is moving.
      I felt very vulnerable when I wrote this post. It is so much easier to take naps or eat grass than it is to write. And it so much easier to blame my typist than it is to be responsible for my own decisions.

      Did the baby stop crying? I think the baby needs milk. Or perhaps she needs someone to pet her. The kittens in my care, always do so much better when they have someone to hold them.

      I look forward to receiving photographs of you. Please take good care of Patricia. Please tell her her writing is a breath of fresh air on a muggy day.

      All the best,
      xo
      Love Pooh

      • The baby stopped crying eventually. In my humble opinion the mom should have taken her for a walk, she was petting her but you and I know that the world needs exploring,
        I think the baby was bored form watching soap operas all day.
        I’m glad I not human, they are strange…
        I’ll tell P that, that’s very kind of your secretary to say so. I think she said she’s going to write about vulnerability and living in towers this week too.
        Woman!!!
        M

  • La McCoy

    Good luckPooh.
    I write every Monday.
    I just write what I see.
    Edelweiss

    • Thank you Edelweiss.

      I look forward to reading what you write tomorrow. Will you please post a link here. I would love to read it.
      All the best,
      xo
      Love Pooh

  • Pooh,
    I have been vulnerable in my last book. So vulnerable it depleted me. Still, I believe I did the right thing. I want to help people, but I also realize some people will have to hurt to heal. And that is hard.

    I like Dr. Brene Brown. She is a good author.

    Write Pooh. The world needs to hear what you have to say.

    • Oh Anne,
      You are so brave to write a story that makes you feel vulnerable. Yes, it is hard when you have to hurt to heal. I wish you all the best, and I pray you get your energy back. Maybe you just need a cat to sit with you?

      Thank you for your encouragement. I will write Anne. It is much more fun than catching mice.
      All the best,
      xo
      Love Pooh

  • This is a timely post, Pooh. I have been discussing this very fear of someone not liking my book with my husband. He told me the same thing you mentioned here. My message is important and everyone needs to hear it whether they like it or not. Thanks for the encouragement, Pooh! I will be brave just like you.

    • Good Morning Anastacia,
      Your husband is right. Your message is important. Be brave my dear. I believe in you.
      All the best,
      xo
      Love Pooh