Have you ever stopped to notice how animals view their world? I’m always watching my cat view her world. She teaches me something new all the time. I just love to watch her.
Cats will explore their territory as if it’s completely new, even though it’s the same territory they explored yesterday. Each day is as exciting as the last. Where they make new discoveries, we discover very little. We follow the same daily routines and perceive our world in the same way each day. But no two days are the same with cats.
We’re not good with change and may often fail to make any new discoveries about ourselves and although cats aren’t aware what change is, they’re good at exploring different territory and that involves change. Cats understand how important it is to live in the moment, whilst for us we’re stuck somewhere in the past.
Cats teach us about patience, love and compassion and how to view the world simply. They teach us about courage, how to be open-minded about trying new things. They don’t see obstacles as obstacles; they see obstacles as opportunities, looking for ways to conquer those opportunities. Cats are persistent. We tend to give up too easily and often don’t get past the first hurdle.
Cats adapt to things like illness and accept the things they can’t change. There are no such things as barriers in their world. Barriers don’t exist in a cat’s life and yet they constantly exist in ours.
We can learn a lot from our pets, most of all how to live a simple life without carrying the restraints we put upon ourselves.