I Was Moved By The Spirit Of The Leader

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here.

This morning I was feeling very sad and missing Leader Otis. It has been 5 months since we lost Him, but I am still having trouble accepting it. I’m ashamed to say that this morning I was so full of despair that I turned to the catnip banana for comfort.

Oliver with banana 1

In order to drown my sorrows, I turned to the catnip banana.

As longtime Disciples of Otis are well aware, The Leader struggled with catnip bananaddiction throughout His life. Brother Henry and I staged many interventions over the years to try to help The Leader kick the habit. So yes, I was a little ashamed to be turning to the banana for comfort, but I could think of no other way to find solace in the moment.

But as I leaned in to sniff deeply of the potent nananip, I encountered a smell I didn’t expect. Yes, the nip fumes were there, and they were strong, but far stronger was the smell of Leader Otis Himself!

Oliver with banana 2

As I attempted to sniff deep of the nip vapors, I was overwhelmed by the scent of The Leader Himself!

Instead of becoming nip-drunk and sinking even deeper into despair, I felt a surge of power, as if The Spirit of The Leader was giving me strength to combat my sadness. I was moved by The Spirit, and I began kicking the banana relentlessly with my hind feet.

Oliver with banana 3

I was moved by The Spirt of Leader Otis. I began kicking the banana relentlessly.

As I kicked and kicked at the banana, my feeling of despair was draining away and being replaced by a feeling of strength. I eventually kicked so hard that the banana was dislodged from my forepaws and went flying across the room. It carried the remainder of my despair with it.

As I got up and headed off for a drink of water, I reflected on what had just happened. Had I really smelled The Leader? Possibly. After all, I’m sure he had been in contact with that banana while he was still alive. Had I really felt his presence helping me fight the urge to fall into despair? I couldn’t answer that question. I had definitely felt something, but whether it was my own memory of The Leader or some current manifestation of His spirit I will never know.

In the end, it doesn’t really matter. Whether as a real presence or a memory, Leader Otis gave me strength. I will do my best to use that strength to combat my feelings of despair, and to carry on with The Leader’s crusade to ensure that all kitties are happy, healthy, and safely confined. And I hope that all of you will continue to all that you can to assist Brother Henry, Sir Thomas, and me in making Leader Otis’s vision a reality.

In Otis’s Name

Brother Oliver

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24 responses to “I Was Moved By The Spirit Of The Leader

  1. Erin

    We’re with you, Brother O!

  2. we are with you!! no matter why it happened, we know that you felt the Spirit of the Leader…and we know he is watching over you 🙂

  3. Marty the Manx

    We are new to your blog but we believe you felt the power of Otis!
    Marty and Mom

  4. The spirit of The Leader Otis lives within us…we feel him all the time

  5. The spirit of the Leader resides in all of us Brother O! But I’m sure it resides especially in you, Brother H, Sir Thomas and your wonderful Guardians. I’m sure He is always watching over you and giving you strength and encouragement. And remember, we’re all with you too! Much love and purrs.

  6. rhiannonpaine

    A poet named Tennyson once wrote, “Our echoes roll from soul to soul, and grow forever and forever.” The Leader’s echoes continue to roll, and however and whyever you feel them, Brother Oliver, it’s a good thing. And why not from a catnip banana? I’m sure Otis would approve.

  7. The joy of not being constrained by a physical form is The Leader can be where ever he needs to be

  8. Sandy

    Thank you for the reminder Brother Oliver. I think you did smell Leader Otis. And maybe we got a little of that strength from him too.

  9. My goodness, I didn’t know it had been that long. True, though, the spirit of the Leader lives on!

  10. DJFuzzyK

    Thanks for the inspirational words, Brother O. Also, thanks for sharing your pictures. I always enjoy seeing your handsome face 🙂

  11. The Spirit of the Leader and the lure of the nip will not be denied.

  12. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog and look forward to reading it when you publish.

  13. It just seems like yesterday. All paws up for the Leader’s crusade!

  14. Two very different kinds of spirits here. One your walked away from (catnip) and the other more real spirit you shared with all of us. Thank you for that!

  15. The intensity and frequency of the sad days will lessen with time but they will never completely go away. If they do it would mean we have forgotten the ones who have gone and The Leader, Mama Cat, and all the others will never be forgotten. I think Leader Otis planted the thought of going to the banana in you just so He could remind you He is still with us.

  16. Has it really been 5 months… His spirit and message are still (and may they remain) so very in this moment. Whatever happened between you and the nanner, we’re glad it banished your despair and has made you stronger.

    Hugs and purrs,

    Lizzie & 2 kitties

  17. What a good way to honor Leader Otis…and have his memory live on. Keep kicking the banana, Brother Oliver!

  18. Leigh

    Wise and beautiful words Brother Oliver. Much love to you all.

  19. Thank you all for the kind words and support. – Brother Oliver

  20. Some days are diamonds, and some days are lumps of rock. Seems that this one ended up a diamond. Keep on kickin’ Brother O.

  21. How lovely that you felt close to him!

  22. msphoebecat

    Brother Oliver you have such a huge heart, and we all miss the Leader too. You must remember he watches over and is with you in spirit, and even if a nananip is not there you can find that inner strength that made him so great. I do think his scent remains on the nana and other items you shared, and when we smell a familiar scent it can invoke powerful memories, feelings/emotions, and perhaps channel an action of those we love no longer with us.
    Leader Otis is as proud today while watching over you and your family as he was when here on Earth, and your dedication to follow his mission does indeed inspire all of us to do the same. Sadness is a normal part of grief so please do not feel bad if you do feel that way again. Just remember this amazing experience and again you will work through your grief so you can continue to heal by serving his mission. We are with you ready to serve and save more felines lost in limbo, in honor and memory of our Leader Otis.

  23. Brother Oliver dat iz pawsum; me finkz ya did feel da spirit of Leader Otis….me haz felt (Aunti) Mingflower da kitteh befur me, who led Mum to me….here many timez. Sum of Mum’z clothez had her smell n sum of da cushinz n a few of da toyz…it waz a comfert to me to nose (Aunti) Mingflower waz still here in spirit n in our heartz…
    Maybee Mingflower n Leader Otis met in summerland n iz lookin down on all of us now…..
    Yer furend Nylablue =^,,^=

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