Well, here we are… the last day of 2011. What a year it was for the Alley Cat Cafe. After being closed for almost nine months we re-opened in our new location on Main Street in Quincy, CA. Now that our doors have been open for four short months and we are nicely settled in, I can look back on those frustrating, almost impossible months and see that I needed that much time to look within and make the changes necessary, not only in the cafe but in my life. Funny how it works that way.
A friend recently posted something on her Facebook page that intrigued me. As I sit here on New Year’s Eve, like so many others, reflecting on the past year and looking at what I’d like to change or do the same in this coming year, this link really hit home for me. It talks about how they straightened out the Mississippi River and now it “floods” in the areas that they straightened. Really the “flooding” is just the river “remembering” where it was originally supposed to go. I love that.
During the time the Alley Cat was closed, various people, including myself, tried to straighten me out. It was mostly fear. People who were afraid I was making a mistake, taking too much of a risk. I started second guessing myself by the fourth or fifth set-back…. “maybe we should just quit, give up, go the safer, straighter way, find a safe job”.
Thankfully, I’m made of very stubborn blood and am loyal to a fault, after all I had made a commitment and I would follow through with it. Now, after we’ve been open for awhile, I am so grateful for those months of trials and tribulation and so grateful for our new location. I honestly cannot think of another job I’d rather have. The Alley Cat provides a warm and positive atmosphere, we serve food for the soul in more ways than one and we make a difference by serving only fairly traded coffee, tea and chocolate….. I am proud to be the owner of such a place and am glad my river wouldn’t straighten. Only time will tell if I made a mistake by re-opening…. but I will know I tried and I will know that I followed my “river’s memory”.
Happy New Year everyone…. may you have the courage to keep your bends and winds and not straighten yourself into something you aren’t. Here’s the link to the article on straightening the river: