Lessons From Cats

CATS ACHIEVE HAPPINESS BY NOT LIVING IN FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN

Psychologists have said that one of the primary reasons many people are never able to achieve happiness is that they live constantly in fear of the unknown and worry about things that exist only in their imagination.

The fear that they may have some terrible illness prompts them to go to the doctor and then to worry constantly when the doctor is unable to find anything wrong.

When the economy is bad, they fear they may lose their jobs. And, of course, many religions have prospered because humans have no idea of what happens to them after they die, fear the worst and try to buy their way into heaven.

Cats don’t live in fear of the unknown. This doesn’t mean cats aren’t cautious. And it doesn’t mean cats don’t experience fear when they are threatened by something real, such as an automobile or predator. But they are able to enjoy a happiness most humans never achieve because they don’t live in fear of the unknown.

There’s a big difference between fear of the unknown and caution. Any intelligent person will exercise caution so as to guard against the legitimate possibility of danger. And when something real and dangerous is encountered, fear is an emotion that sends a rush of blood and oxygen to our brains to help us figure out how to protect ourselves.

But too many people fear things that exist only in their imaginations, and therefore cannot enjoy the real happiness that life is all about.

Cats can, because they don’t spend their lives imagining thing to be afraid of and worry about. We could learn so much from cats.

Editor’s Column

Cat Commandments: Not Just For Cats

Among the letters we have received from readers of the new book God and His Cat are several which commented on The Cat Commandments. It was suggested that if humans would also obey The Cat Commandments, the world would be a much better place.

For those of you who have not yet read God And His Cat, we’re reprinting The Cat Commandments.

The Cat Commandments

I. You shall respect and obey the laws of nature.

II. You shall cherish the gift of life above all else and live life fully and joyfully.

III. You shall use wisely and with humility the unique abilities you have been given by the power that created you.

IV. You shall not hate.

V. You shall forgive, knowing that humans are only human and from time to time will make mistakes.

VI. You shall love those who deserve your love and be loyal to them always.

VII. You shall be honest in all undertakings and shall not complain about things that are insignificant.

VIII. You shall maintain an independent spirit and a spirit of freedom, but not let them interfere with the independence and freedom of others.

IX. You shall strive to live in peace with all creatures, humans included.

X. You shall accept with serenity the conclusion of life when it comes and trust in nature and in the power that created you instead of worrying about what may lie ahead.

Lessons from Cats

IMG_2861The Importance of Listening: Something Cats Know, But Humans Too Often Forget

A very wise person once said, “Everybody lies. But it’s okay, because nobody ever listens.”

When we humans are young, and our hearing is good, we often forget to pay attention to what is being said to us. That means we’re not listening. And by not listening we’re missing something — something that could very well be extremely important. Something that might keep us from making a mistake. Or from getting hurt or even killed.

Maybe what’s being said to us isn’t very important, because humans, particularly young humans, have a way of talking a lot but saying very little. Still, it’s a fact that the world loves a good listener. And just the act of listening can help up win friends and influence people.

As we grow older, we all lose our hearing. Some of us are wise enough to invest in hearing aids. Others are too proud to admit they’re deaf and struggle along trying to figure out what’s being said. But there’s one thing we all learn: How important it is to listen.

Cat’s already know this. The’ve known it all their lives, and nature has endowed them with a couple of remarkable listening devices —ears that rotate like acutely sensitive satellite dishes, to tune in on the sounds around them.

Watch your cat’s ears move when it hears something. Your cat knows how to listen. What it hears may be something endangering it. Or it may be the sound of prey —something to eat. Or a refrigerator door opening. Or the sound of an automoblie bringing its human home from work. Cats know how to listen. How to pay attention. They don’t want to miss anything.

Think how much you and I might be missing when we simply tune somebody out by not listening. Unless your’e old and hard of hearing, it’s very easy to do. And it could result in problems. Small problems and big ones. So let’s all learn to listen.

Cats can show us how.

LESSONS FROM CATS

The lesson we can thank our kitties for in this issue is very simple:

SLOW DOWN!

With the exception of a dish of fresh food waiting for him or her did you ever see a cat rush into any kind of situation?

No, and you won’t. Cats like to think about situations before getting involved.

Not humans. From about the time we learn to drive, we suddenly are in a hurry about anything. Your teenager will come to tell you or bring you something, and you hope he or she will stop and chat for a while.

“Can’t right now,” you’ll be told. “I need to get on over to (wherever he or she needs urgently to go.”

But the older we get, the more dangerous it is to hurry. Mistakes are easier to make. The old saying applies: “There’s never time to do something right, but there’s always time to do it over.”

Older people can have accidents by rushing too fast. They can fall down and break bones all because they were rushing when there was really no need to rush.

So slow down!  Allow some time to think about what you’re going to do before you do it. There aren’t many things in life that are worth risking mistakes, accidents or other unfortunate occurrences  by rushing. Maybe a few, but not many.  And certainly it’s very rare to really have to rush in an automobile. That’s what the officer will tell you when he stops you for speeding. And he’s almost always right.

Your kitty knows that if a thing is worth doing, it’s worth thinking about to be sure you do it right. That’s what cats do. They slow down and think first.

We could learn so much from cats.Image