Posts Tagged ‘rescue’

Pussy stuck up a tree

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I was at a breakfast meeting early this morning when I noticed my pocket buzzing. I discretely peeked at the screen and saw it was my wife. Now I knew that:-

  1. She knew I was in a meeting, and wouldn’t interrupt if it wasn’t a problem
  2. She was meant to be elsewhere so something had happened, and finally..
  3. If I knew what was good for me I’d respond!

I left the room and called her back to hear that she was clearly upset. It turned out that our elderly and much loved cat had ascended one of our trees and was now stuck about 20 feet up and couldn’t get down, and was now also very distressed.

As I headed homewards, my morning suddenly rescheduled, I learned that my ever-resourceful daughter had contacted a neighbour who had managed to shin up and rescue her, although, she was in such a fearful state that she didn’t really co-operate with her heroic rescuer.

The thing is that it isn’t only cats who get themselves into situations which are just too scary to go on and don’t know how to get out of. From time to time we would all like someone to climb up and rescue us, but like Prim, we don’t always make it easy for others to help us. So if today finds you stuck up a metaphorical tree:-

  • Firstly stop what you are doing… it isn’t helping
  • Secondly, do something different. Anything different to break your state. Get up.. move around, leave the building
  • If someone suggests something, don’t tell them why it won’t work, try it… apparently you aren’t the expert you thought you were
  • If you can, sleep on it. Time can miraculously change things without human agency
  • If tomorrow finds you still ‘treed’ then ask for help

Good luck! Primmy is now relaxing with a bowl of pussy treats, being made much of and wondering why she had to work so hard for us to see her greatness!!

“What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you can’t move, with no hope of rescue. Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn’t been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances seems more likely, consider how lucky you are that it won’t be troubling you much longer.”  Douglas Adams

 

Wall Street rescue plan

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Democrats & Republicans are frantically arguing about the package proposed by the US president to spend $750 billion shoring up the financial markets to prevent the US economy going into a tail spin. I have no doubt they all believe that this is a serious situation, and that they, and the people they represent, are in grave risk of getting seriously hurt by this situation. However, I have heard politicians earnestly arguing that it is un-American to interfere with results of a free market, and others saying that if there is money going here then they need other funds to help schemes they deem worthy. All these principles and good intentions and meanwhile Wall St burns…

Principles are all very well and when you are about to spend a sum equal to the GNP of Canada then you need to give it a little thought, however, there is a time to think and a time to act. Imagine arguing with your wife about which things you should drag out of your burning house first, the budgie or the holiday snaps…

Leaders act, they need an instinctive grasp of how to look after the people who look to them. Few of us will ever have to face this kind of decision, but fiddling whilst Rome burnt didn’t help Nero and is unlikely to work any better today.

“What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you can’t move, with no hope of rescue. Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn’t been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances seems more likely, consider how lucky you are that it won’t be troubling you much longer.” Douglas Adams