Updated: August 8, 2016 5:30:48 pm
Ever thought that Dale Carnegie will not be the only one you will be taking life lessons from? Well, give it a thought if you have not already. Today, on International Cat Day, let’s pay ode to Garfield, Tom (the cat with zero chill from Tom and Jerry), Phoebe’s smelly cat from F.R.I.E.N.D.S., the cat who got killed by curiosity, the neighbour’s cat and your own pet cat, because in case if you haven’t noticed, they have some thought-provoking life lessons to share with us humans.
Although cats are generally very self-sufficient, there are times, just like us, they feel needy, and unlike us, do not have redressal mechanisms or associations that provide them solutions. Hence, International Cat Day celebrates these little balls of fur and was introduced by the International Fund of Animal Welfare in 2002 to increase the public’s awareness for the needs of cats. The last we heard, the cat community is not very pleased with the never-ending number of memes that are generated almost everyday on the Internet and are moving to file a petition to ban the word ‘catcall’. “The word is extremely offensive to our community and puts us in an extremely bad light,” one old cat told us.
Here are five life lessons these cats decided to share with us mere two-legged homo sapiens.
Aim high. Look at cats. Are they tall? No. Yet, they can jump so high that the most chiseled athletes will be taken aback. So the next time you give your short height as an excuse to not play football, think, if cats can do, so can you.
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Know and love who feeds you. Cats hold people who feed and take care of them in higher regards than they do others because they recognise them. Likewise, humans, your takeaway from this cat trait is that keep your friends close and enemies a little farther.
Live in the moment. Yes, cats have nine lives. But never have they been known to be blatant about it. A cat lives its life like this is its only one and have mastered the art of simplicity. If they want to come sit on your lap, it will come what may. Simple. Your takeaway — stop overthinking and call him if you like him.
Move on from mistakes like they never happened. Cats do not dwell on their mistakes. They’ll break your favourite beer mug and with not so much as even a second glance, will walk away like nothing happened.
Be nimble. Humans, unlike cats, have been known to land themselves in trouble more often than they are required to. Being Human is difficult, you know, sometimes you might end up killing a black buck, sometimes you might end up running your car over a sleeping homeless man. The cat world, on the other hand, is totally peaceful. Your takeaway — Stop Being Human, be a cat.
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