Enjoy Life as a Cat
Are you envious of that Persian perched on a pillow in the slanting sunlight? Don’t you wish somewhere, sometime, somebody would serve up your dinner, scratch you behind the ears and blow kisses at you? Guess what, kitten? Your wait is over; just read this article, put it into practice, and pretty soon you’ll be purring!
Start with an aloof nature. Now, here are ten easy steps in learning how to enjoy life as a cat:
1. Show curiosity. Have you noticed how your cat must get inside that empty shopping bag for the 32nd time, just to see if you’ve placed anything interesting in there that wasn’t there the last thirty-one times? Learn to be as curious about life’s little surprises (and letdowns); it’s how you will discover what the world’s all about, and what you’re about, in the process.
2. Love luxury. Your cat certainly does, and its life is measurably better for it. Find the time and the discernment to recognize and value truly fine things, whether they are the finest of diamonds or the finest of friends.
3. Accept pampering. After all, why do you pamper a cat? To show it you care, that it is special, and that it (perhaps) adds something to your life. Learn to accept the care of others. Discover that you, too, are special, in your own unique and undeniable ways. Realize that you add something to the lives of others. And therefore you deserve to be pampered at times, too.
4. Bask in the sunlight. Isn’t it remarkable how a cat can find six consecutive hours of sunlight, matching them perfectly to six consecutive hours of unmoving, blissful sleep? The bright and warm things in life can recharge our batteries and refresh our spirits, too. Enjoy them; don’t be in too great a hurry to make such bright warm things end.
5. Be in the moment. Surely you’ve noted how a pussycat can freeze while cleaning its butt, with one rear leg cocked over its head, because it becomes fascinated by a butterfly bumping against a windowpane? Well, that’s the championship example of being in the moment. Take a page from Princess, and learn to live in each happening moment. It’s that place we all live, all of the time. Remember: yesterday’s history, tomorrow’s a mystery, but today is a gift, which is why it’s called the present.
6. Be enigmatic. Your feline has never once attempted to explain itself, has it? Well, just as one should never criticize, condemn or complain, one shouldn’t compulsively EXPLAIN either. Don’t prattle on. Remember: it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
7. Relish cleanliness. I’m not suggesting you should be licking between your toes as Tiger does, but there’s a reason cleanliness is next to godliness. It freshens us anew, envigorates us, and makes us inoffensive, presentable and admirable to others. It beats uncleanliness every time.
8. Accept embarrassments gracefully. Has your cat ever looked sheepish after falling off a windowsill? Of course not! Learn the lesson of your cat’s supreme confidence and disdain for the opinions of others: don’t sweat the small stuff. And life’s little embarrassments are all just small stuff.
9. Hide your messes. Now, I’m not saying you should be sprinkling litter on that flunked test, or trying to bury your poor spousal choice. But learn to discreetly tuck away those occasional messes you’ve made in life. Learn from them and move on, for leaving them out there for all to see — or worse, waving them like some sort of pity flag — can only diminish your life and dampen your spirits.
10. Be delicate. Cats are such magnificent hunters, because they move stealthily on softly cushioned toe-pads. You would do well to learn to be as delicate in how you handle life’s affairs. Extremes of emotion and action generally lead only to extreme outcomes. Be thoughtful and subtle in your dealings with others. Happiness is often reached on silken treads.
Now that you've mastered those steps, you can become more like Leo (at rickzworld).
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