Different but similar

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.


30 Apr, 2015

6 thoughts on “Different but similar

  1. I have often admired how carefree birds seem to be while scavenging for food, flying, or up on a tree chirping. I can’t help but think how wonderful life would be if I didn’t have a care in the world.

    I think animals seem always content, because they don’t have the gift of complex thinking. Since we humans do, we torment ourselves by thinking too much.

    1. Thanks Maria. I love your response. Yes we either think too much or worry too much. I too admire how carefree birds are. I love to watch the wildlife in our back garden and often wonder the same thing.

  2. I think Maria is right. We are the only animals that have feelings, such as guilt, embarrassment or jealousy and it doesn’t do us any favours at all.

    I thoroughly enjoy watching my cat and admire its simple approach to life. She doesn’t do anything unnecessarily and everything is for a reason. We can learn much from the animal world.

    1. I also agree with Maria. Yes We can learn so much from the animal world, cats in particular. They teach us how to live simply so that we learn to embrace the world around us in a more spiritual way.

  3. Uniquely excellent blog. I’m remembering my dog Jazz, I raised him from a baby. Our relationship was one of unconditional love and devotion to each other.

    I used to observe Jazz think and I often wondered what his world was really like. I believe Jazz saw the world as complicated as we see the world; but without demons shadowing him as they do us. With many animals, what you see is what you get, no false pretences, no lies.

    I still see his eyes looking back at me, his sneer morphed into grand simplicity.

    1. Awww thanks Tim. I’m not sure how animals see the world myself, but agree with you that animals see their world in a less complicated way than we do.

      What you see is what you get, no false pretences and no lies; I agree.

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