Monday, 7 September 2015

Learning from Luna...

I think that we can all learn a lot from our cats. I know that Luna is always trying to teach me things, make right the error of my ways as she puts it.

Take this morning for instance. I was going to get up at eight when up jumps Luna and demands a stroke. It was nine before she decided that I could go (dismissed)  and then only because she wanted her breakfast. Of course this made me late, not that I had anything to be late for.

Luna wanted her breakfast, but first though I had to wash and shave. Of course she didn't. Perhaps that's what made her so impatient, weaving in and out of my legs and meowing. Well, she washes herself continually and when her hair gets too long she simply sheds it on the carpet and the bed, in the window and all over the sofa. Of course this means we have to hoover, but Luna can't see the point. Why hoover? It'll only need doing again tomorrow or the next day. Ditto the dusting and the gardening, the mopping and the washing up, and of course she has no clothes to wash unless you count her collar.

'Why do all that when you can simply take the day as it comes?' She seems to say with her inscrutable blue and green cattish stare.

'Enjoy yourself, do as you please. Don't sweat the small stuff. Keep your energy for the big things like eating, chasing feathers 'n things, and being stroked.'

She might have a point you know. Have you ever seen a worried cat without a reason to be worried? A big dog, or a rainstorm, or loud noises they don't understand. When those things happen cats simply run away and find a nice place to sleep. No trying to sort the problem out, or rushing to get the washing in. No checking to see if that bang was an explosion, or if that barking dog has escaped from its owner and has a collar on. Cats don't concern themselves with bills, or next meals, or what anybody thinks of them. They don't worry if their bum looks big in this, or if their hair needs a wash, or where they left their phone, or car keys, or wallet. Bank account? Only if it's a riverbank and full of fish; and have you ever known a cat to have a sleepless night worrying about tomorrow?

Why bother? Why worry? Just forget it and find a nice warm spot to sleep. There is no tomorrow anyway, no yesterday either. It's just your silly human minds playing with you and making you not concentrate on the important things - like now.

Yes cats really do live in the moment don't they?

I think that we can all learn a thing or two from that.


  1. Tim Preston on FB
    It's like that Douglas Adams quote: “For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”

    1. Andrew Height
      The cats have it Tim, and they know it.