Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Feline Friends

Little Bearista Bear is also extremely fortunate to live in a house with felines as opposed to canines. While dogs are beautiful companions, they do tend to see any stuffed animal as a potential toy. I have a suspicion that little bear wouldn't last long in a canine household. So... luck for him that the two felines do not see him as a potential playmate!

In fact, the cats see little bear with equanimity. A sniff here and a sniff there and they go back to doing their cat routine, which is a lot of sleeping, a bit of eating and some cuddling. Little bear could learn something from the cats, as could all of us. Cats live in the moment - they aren't too concerned about tomorrow or yesterday. They live in the present. If they need to groom themselves, then they groom. If they want to have some more kibbles, they make their wants known. If they want to sleep, then they sleep.

So often, it seems as if we don't do the things that we want to do. We want to read a book, but even as we are sitting reading the book, we have a long litany of "I should do this" coming through our head. "I should do the laundry. I should do the dishes." And so it goes. A good feline lesson for us to be present in the moment. To enjoy what we are about in this moment.

Because, although the felines probably won't become life-long friends of little bear, he can still learn something from them. Which is true for us as well. We might not connect with everyone, but every interaction has something to teach us. If we are open.

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