Have you ever observed a cat? No, not just seen one, but actually studied how it behaves, its features and characteristics, its every move?
Cats are amazing creatures. There’s a reason they were worshipped as a deity and considered sacred in Ancient Egypt. They are free in every sense of the word. They have their own attitude, and are subject to no-one. Even though you think you own them as your pet, it is you who actually has the privilege of living with a cat. Cats choose who they’ll devote their attention to, when they would like to play, where they want to sleep and how much they feel like eating. Yet, they’ll be there for you whenever you need them, even when you don’t know you need someone, they’ll sit by you (or on you), transmitting their warmth and soothing purr, thus healing you. Cats are true friends.
That is why so much has been said about them. And even more can be learnt from them.
Stéphane Garnier learnt so much from living with a cat that he wrote two best-selling books on how to live and think like one. He acknowledges that cats are calm, observant, wise, elegant, charismatic and proud. In fact, he argues that they have found the secret of how we should all live, regardless of our species, and through his books, diffuses the knowledge drawn from cats into leading a better life.
Cats never give up. And that is perhaps the most important lesson of all.
They understand that fear serves no real purpose, and they believe in themselves and their power to achieve whatever they set their minds on.
They know how to be authentic, maintain their superiority at all times, and how to love themselves.
They can maintain their calm no matter what life (or anyone else) throws at them, are prudent and know how to have fun, even on their own.
They are kind-hearted, simple and communicate what they want.
They’ll forgive you and themselves too for making mistakes, accepting what has passed, while being well aware of how to pursue the lives they want.
Cats can teach us to respect the choices we – and others make – be it what we choose to eat, wear, occupy ourselves with, or believe. Everyone is free to make their own choices. We should respect and stand by them if this would lead us to tranquillity and happiness.
Above all though, cats appreciate how to love with all their hearts, because everything is temporary and we should enjoy every single breathing minute we have.
Perhaps our best life coach would be a cat. If only we too could be more like them.