This is not a gratuitous use of cats in a post just because everyone knows cats rule the ‘net and guarantee eyeballs on your content. Really. I’ve been thinking about the ways in which my cat manages to get everything he wants and needs in life, with very little angst. Maybe there’s a reason the ancient Egyptians worshipped them. They know stuff.
1. The Stare. First posted on facebook and an immediate hit, this is the look of complete confidence. Just practicing that look could help give a person the feeling.
2. Relaxation Techniques. Even people who are not cat people have to admit that cats have this down pat. I look at my cat lolling on a sunny flagstone in the middle of winter, literally soaking up what’s good about the day, and appreciate that bit of sun more myself. People spend decades on yoga and meditation training for what a cat accomplishes naturally at least 20 hours of every day. Of-the-moment bliss and gratitude.
3. Tenacity. Whether they’re demanding that you feed them or they’re out catching their own grub, a cat will always do what it takes to get its essential goodies. They will wait for ages for that mouse to reappear. We won’t talk about what happens when it does – not something I want to emulate. But the part about getting there is impressive.
4. Boundary Setting. My cat is very affectionate – one of his most endearing traits – but when he doesn’t feel like physical engagement, he makes it very clear. The Stare helps. If I’m being a little thick about his message he finds more forceful ways to get the point across. Rarely drawing blood and never ruining our relationship. That’s something worth learning.
Now all I have to do is figure out how cats do all this.