Three Life Lessons from our Cats

One of the first things that I do when I get home from college is greet and hug my cat. His cute (and sometimes odd) behavior has shown me that there are a multitude of lessons we can actually learn from our cats.


#1 – Be your crazy self.

A cat’s mind: Want to sit on that newspaper while the human is reading it? Go ahead. Want to throw all the litter out of the litter box when the human has just swept the floor? Fun! Let’s do it. Want to eat the dogs food instead of those nasty cat rocks? Why not.

Cats do as they please without regards to any “standard” and they certainly don’t seem to car what their human thinks. Authenticity is something that each and every one of us possesses. However, too many people in today’s society are caught up in the drive for acceptance and for the approval of their actions from others. We often hear “be yourself” as advice and is something we should all strive for. Do something because you want to and not because someone tells you that it is what you should do.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter, don’t mind.” ~Bernard M. Baruch


#2 – Giving up is not an option.

A cat’s mind: The human has ignored my attempts for attention. I have shredded the green paper with the weird guy on it and spit it out on the floor, I have made huge stinks in the litter box and I have even tried hiding countless things around the house. No luck. What can I do now?

Demand to be heard or noticed. By not submitting to failure, you can reveal new opportunities for yourself that you have never thought about before. Go after what you want and don’t be afraid of rejection or failure. More importantly, don’t believe people who say something isn’t possible. Because it is. There are only good things to come out of not giving up on something that you love or enjoy.

You have to be vigorous. That’s the only way you are going to get it because everybody has dreams and everybody has goals, but the only people who achieve them are the ones that go after it and don’t take no for an answer.” ~Nick Cannon


#3 – Every choice has consequences.

A cat’s mind: Do you see that exotic looking plant on the table? Not ONLY does it make mom terribly mad when I eat it, but it doesn’t taste half bad either. What do I say? I say: eat it. I will worry about the throw-up that follows eating this plant later.

Some people don’t like to believe that the choices they make have consequences. However, making good choices will bring us a positive outcome and making bad choices will negatively affect us. While sometimes it is hard for some people to know when they are showing “good judgement,” a good rule is to follow your heart and your head. Not only should you do what is best for you but you should always make every effort to ensure the outcome will bring the best for your life in the future.

We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.” ~Ken Levine

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