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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

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12 Life Lessons I Learned From My Cat

12 Life Lessons I Learned From My Cat
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

1. Pounce on opportunity. He who hesitates, misses catching the passing lizard.

2. Patience. Infinite patience...

3. Concentration. A cat studying an opportunity just beyond his grasp is the epitome of focused attention. He doesn't even blink as he tunes out all distractions. His body is completely still except for his wildly twitching tail releasing his nervous energy.

4. Nothing is worth disturbing your beauty sleep.

5. Catnap. Even a few moments of shut-eye is refreshing.

6. If you're happy, purr. Show your appreciation by letting people know that you like what they do.

7. Do cat stretches - and other yoga poses, and try Qigong. Especially as we age, gentle stretching is one of the best things we can do for our bodies.

8. Wrestle with your best friend. She likes it when you're playful.

9. Eat when you're hungry and not by the clock.

10. Ask for what you want. If you are lovable and patient, you will probably get it.

11. You can't have everything you want. If you put your claws where they don't belong, you're going to get spanked.

12. Revel in life's simple pleasures. A ball of string is magic. Catnip is heavenly.

Further reading: It is never too late to begin.

How to Stop Anxiety and Get Back Your Life

Francesco Garri Garripoli: The Dance of the Cosmos

Resources and Recommendations - Get Started with Qigong


parameshwari said...

Dear jonathan,thank you for sharing this lesson with me.I remember when my cat wants to catch the mouse in my house lol.I didn't pay any attantion to it.Thanks for this valuable lesson.
I hope you had great Christmas holiday and I wish you a very happy,healthy,very successful and peaceful New Year too.Thank you for the lesson from bottom of my heart. My sincere love to you and your love ones.

Anonymous said...

"Time spent with cats is never wasted."
~Sigmund Freud

Shriya said...

That is an amazing lesson and told in a creative way...I guess now I have to observe my cat VERY carefully (never know what I may learn from him)

The Rock said...

The Rock says.........The lessons are really awesome. If anyone acts like a cat;i mean by following this lessons, he or she will succeed anywhere.

ary said...

Hello Mr Huie, I had a cat for twelve beautiful and adorable Jenifer. I learned a zillion lessons from her... to relax to...having patience...It would take me a day to express all the lessons I've learnt from her. You're right about the cat's magical. Thank you!

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