That Peaceful Easy Feeling…

If you’re a baby boomer like me, you will no doubt remember the Eagles song, “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” The words of the chorus always comfort me:

“I got a peaceful easy feelin’
And I know you won’t let me down
‘Cause I’m already standin’
On the ground.”

These days I have a new perspective of this song. My childhood is over, as are my working days, and I have outlived my parents. However, these days that “peaceful easy feeling” comes from a different place and has a different meaning for me.

For example, one of our beloved and terribly spoiled five cats, Pookie, has developed occasional tremors and sometimes stumbles and/or falls. Our wonderful vet advised two remedies, one of which is taken twice in the morning and twice in the evening. They do help, but from time to time Pookie will stumble and sometimes fall. So far we have been lucky that he has not hurt himself.

Fortunately, he is the one who naps the longest, usually under all the blankets on our bed. As he was the second cat we rescued, he has a special place in my heart. He came from a home with too many children and animals, and, when I adopted him he had a UTI and an eye infection.

It’s hard enough on an animal to be moved into a new home, but worse when they come with afflictions you have to treat to get them better. But we all got through it. Years have passed happily, and, three more cats later, we are a family of the Crankee Yankee, me and the five “kids.”

This affliction of Pookie’s makes me hyper aware of where he is; is he somewhere where he could fall and hurt himself, and so on. Last night I was worried sick about him and couldn’t get to sleep. And then, just like an angel swooping in, came those words:

“I got a peaceful easy feelin’
And I know you won’t let me down
‘Cause I’m already standin’
On the ground.”

In this circumstance, these words mean to me that He who made us all and loves us all is watching over this sweet cat more vigilantly that I ever could. Certainly I will do all I can to keep Pookie safe and healthy, and get him whatever he needs. But also in my mind is that he, like all of us, came from a place where love abides and where there is no death and no pain.

So, remembering this, I could sleep again, knowing that my life, his life; all our lives are not solely our own. As we stand on the ground looking up, I know that this peaceful easy feeling will stay and won’t let me, or Pookie, down.


One thought on “That Peaceful Easy Feeling…

  1. Diane Kirkup says:

    Thank you Jane for these words of wisdom today.

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