Cats are profoundly wise animals. They seem to innately know the secrets to happiness. They play hard, eat well, get plenty of sleep, meditate like zen masters and know how to handle stress better than most humans. Cats live life on their terms.
Author Walter Lionel George once said: “Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties.”
Our feline friends are living examples of how to be happy and appreciate all that life has to offer. Pay attention to your cat, and observe how she almost always looks satisfied and content (except of course if dinner is late). We so admire cats and in appreciation of their wisdom, we offer 8 life lessons that we can learn from our cats to improve our own lives.
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Oh, and be sure to check out the cat life lessons video on p.5 put together by the feline luvin’ folks at BuzzFeed.
Here are 8 life lessons that felines follow and we’d be smart to adopt:
Lesson #1. Be present and Live in the Moment
The present moment is all you have. Cats aren’t rushing around to meet deadlines. They don’t check their feline watches multiple times every hour. They aren’t panic stricken about getting somewhere late. They just are.
It’s true that they don’t have to pay bills or take care of household chores, or rush kids to school events, but the lesson is to just stop, reflect and be in the moment every now and then. A cat would tell you to at least pause in the middle of your hectic daily routine and stop to smell the roses. Take stock of the current moment. Slow your step and your pace. Right now is the only moment you have.
Your cat would say “make the most of it”.