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.

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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