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I am writing this in March 2022. The last 2 years have been really rough with all the craziness going on in the world.
I admit there were many moments when my cat has been the only thing I could go to, to give me instant love and warmth. I am sure that people who are single and live with their pets can relate to this.
My cat is blissfully unaware of everything going on in the world. For her it’s been the usual life of sleeping (a lot), eating, playing and the usual daily tease-and-annoy me.
She doesn’t understand the news and of course, she can’t read, so there is no psychological pressure on her from bad news, creating fear and anxiety.
Days go on for her, peaceful, mostly uninterrupted – unless someone rings on the door, which is about the highest level of alert she’s reaching.
She just sits by the window, in her usual daily activity of sunbathing, watching birds, people on the street, raining or snowing.
I look at her and I wish so badly that I could be as calm and relaxed as she is, or that I could ignore and forget the fact that I wake up every day in a world gone completely mad. And that the level of madness is only increasing by the day.
In times like these, I actually wish I was a cat 🙂 (or even better a bird so I could fly away)
In the beginning, I even commented to my friends how my cat is living the perfect life, although the world around us is falling apart. She just doesn’t know it!
Talk about knowledge is power, today the more you know the worse you feel.
When I look at her she reminds me that there is still beauty in this world, that beings exist so perfect and beautiful and soft and warm and just – everything that is good.
So looking at her curled in my chair or in my lap, purring and simply enjoying the moment this is the lesson that I have taken from her: ignorance is bliss when there is literally nothing you can do to change the things and events that surround us.
I mean I can share opinions with people, stay informed (which seems to always end up with me being overwhelmed with information) but looking back on the past 2 years I could have lived so much more peacefully and joyfully if I hadn’t been paying so much attention to the news.
And that is really sad because not only have other people stolen 2 years of my life, but I have actually done it to myself too, by not focusing on the good things I still have.
My cat knows it: she is fed daily, never hungry, never thirsty, always has a warm blanket to sleep on and she is happy. This all I have too!
So if the day is provided with all these good, good things why spoil the moment and think about what may come tomorrow? I know it is hard when we are bombarded daily with bad things but as my cat does, the more you ignore it the better off you will be.
For me, part of my anxiety was the fact that I could not keep control over my life. I felt like being a character in a game, pulled by others. This was such a weird feeling and honestly in the beginning I could not cope with it.
Maybe you already know this, maybe you have already learned this lesson but for me, it was a learning process. I still find it hard to implement it some days.
I don’t occupy my mind so much on the negative things anymore, I try to find good things every day and enjoy what I have (and I DO have a lot of great things that I never gave a second thought to, they were so normal to me).
So now I do as my cat does, I wake up and try to lead a normal life, if in the day I am warm, fed, I have people I love that are well, then I am grateful to God – and I look forward to enjoying the sun rays in the coming days – just like my cat 🙂
And I am so grateful to God for the existence of these beautiful, pure animals that make our life bearable on this planet.