Have you ever thought about what an amazing creature a cat is? I have a really smart, independent, curious and playful kitty. He delights me every day with his antics. That little guy has taught me a lot about life, and I’m going to share some of my newfound knowledge with you today. Here are some of the lessons I have learned from my cat.
1. Be yourself.
My cat couldn’t care less what other people think of him. He has tremendous self-confidence and individuality. The word apology is not in his vocabulary. He does what he wants, when he wants, and how he wants. Opinions and expectations are unimportant unless they are his own.
What a great attitude! Don’t let others dictate how you should live your life. Make your own decisions, and then you can say, “I did it my way.” Follow your own interests and passions and be open about your feelings and desires.
2. Enjoy the little things.
My cat finds joy in the simplest things. He loves playing with a ball, chasing a laser pointer, and getting his sun bath every day. Happiness comes from chasing a bug or looking out the window at the birds and wild animals. He appreciates the little amusements when he finds them.
We can all learn from his example and be more grateful for the small pleasures in life. It’s not necessary to chase after material things or external validation to be happy. We can find happiness in the present moment, in nature, in art, or in our relationships.
3. Relax and recharge.
My cat knows how to relax. He sleeps for about 16 hours a day, and spends the rest of his time grooming himself, stretching, or napping some more. I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t stress about anything or worry about the future. He lives in the now and enjoys every moment.
The lesson here is to be calm and balanced in life. It’s important to not overwork or neglect your health. Take the time to rest and recharge your energy, both physically and mentally. Practice mindfulness and meditation to cope with stress and anxiety. Stop and smell the roses.
4. Look, Listen and Pay Attention.
My cat has ears that swivel around in all directions, like a remote-control antenna. Every little noise causes him to perk his ears in that direction, even when he is sleeping. He notices everything. The air holds many wonders, and he sees them all. Most of the time, I have no idea what he is so intently following across the room with those keen blue eyes.
Stop what you’re doing, and just look around. Notice the wind rustling through the leaves and how it makes the spider dance over his web. Listen to the beautiful notes of a bluebird’s song. Be still and hear the sounds of nature. Pay attention to the conversations around you. You would be surprised at the wonders of life that swirl by without your notice.
5. Choose Your Friends Wisely.
My cat is the most friendly, loving ball of fur you will ever meet. He greets anybody who comes to the door. He meows and rubs their legs and allows them to pet him. If they sit down, he will often jump up on their lap. On occasion he has chosen to run like the dickens from certain people and hide in his room until they leave. When this happens, I know that I should be wary of that person. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I pay close attention. He’s intuitive and notices things that I just don’t.
If you feel that someone just can’t be trusted, pay attention to your instincts. You don’t have to run and hide in a closet, but you might want to keep your guard up, at least until you get to know that person.
These are some of the things I learned from my cat. He is not only a cute and cuddly companion, but also a wise and inspiring teacher. I love him and I’m grateful for having him in my life.
Do you have a cat that inspires you? Let me know in the comments about your special pet. I’d love to hear from you!