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They are my everything. Sunday July 14, 2013

'They are my everything' - those were the words said by a homeless man, the words that touched me deep inside.

Every day on my way to the office I see many beggars. Some of them sit quietly, others try to catch people's attention. Most passers-by are trying not to notice them, and I have to admit that I am no different.

But one day I saw a man sitting on the pavement, drinking coffee from a paper cup. I noticed him not because of his coffee, but because of his cat: a big black cat wearing a collar. Looking at the cat you'd never have known it was owned by a homeless person. It was a big, clean and beautiful cat, a capital C kind of a Cat.

So I stopped and walked up to the man. I gave him a Euro coin and we talked for a couple of minutes - he told me that his name was Matthias, he was German, but had lived in Spain for the last three years. Only at that moment did I notice a dog lying in the shade behind the man. I asked where he had found his pets. It turned out that two years ago Matthias heard a small kitten crying at the bottom of a trash container. Naturally, Matthias took it. And 6 months later he found the dog.

I used to see Matthias a couple of times a week, and almost every time I'd stop and talk to him. Two weeks ago he told me that he was going to Northern Spain as it was not so hot. On his last day, we spoke as usual, and I gave him some money and said 'Take care of your cat and dog'. And he replied 'Of course. They are my everything'. And these words made me think.

Most of us have much more than this man. We have families, friends, homes, jobs, new fancy gadgets. And we think it's not enough. I may be wrong, but I think that for Matthias his dog and cat are enough. He is quite happy. And I am sure there is something for us to learn here.

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Mary Sun, Jul 14th 2013 @ 8:46am

I couldn't agree more. Just a few moments of mindful gratitude for what we do have, even if it's just the beauty of nature to enjoy, can ground us day-to-day and help realign our perspective when the world looks bleak.
Matthias sounds a very special young man, lucky Cat and Dog.

JanieB Sun, Jul 14th 2013 @ 11:51am

If only more people today valued what they have - not in a material way but in a 'senses' way. The Beatles said 'Love is all you need' and I couldn't agree more. Good luck to the 'lucky' homeless man - I hope he really is happy.

Faye Sun, Jul 14th 2013 @ 2:36pm

Lovely post - thankyou.

Anonymous Sun, Jul 14th 2013 @ 2:53pm

Beautiful. Happiness is not found in the material or in the external world. Happiness is an inside job.

Anonymous Sun, Jul 14th 2013 @ 4:54pm

Yes I agree with this man, My cats mean everything to me. I am distant from my family and have very few friends. My cats are the only beings in my life that give me unconditional love.

Anonymous Sun, Jul 14th 2013 @ 6:26pm

It does sometimes come down to a cat or a dog doesn't it? I often hear people mentioning friends and family as the panacea for all ills, but like Anonymous - I have few friends and unfortunately a pretty dysfunctional family who live the other side of the country. I adore my dog, but for 5 years was busy rescuing cats and rehoming them - many to older people who were so grateful for a companion in their loneliness.

Anonymous Sun, Jul 14th 2013 @ 11:08pm

My mother had braindammages,she was blind, sitting in a wheelchair, not able to use her left hand, suffering from Parkingsons disease...
She lived alone in her appartement, no friends, just me and my brother.
A relative of her living in a Town far away called her on the phone and told her about how loneley she was and how sad she was to be spend the midsommerholliday alone. She talked for a long time about her sorrows. Then she asked my mother how she would spend the holliday.
My mother answered "I'm going to eat strawberrys"

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