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Purring and wagging. Saturday May 25, 2013

Theory has it that some of us are cat people, others dog people. Though of course it's possible you are neither, nonetheless I think there's something to be learned from our furry friends. As I write this, I do so with a small black moggy curled up under my desk lamp. Sunbathing, or so it seems, but without the Factor 15.

Arguably, because they're less intelligent than us humans – they have, so I understand, smaller brains – both cats and dogs seem more inclined to live in the moment. A cat is happy: it purrs. A dog wants you to throw a ball: it comes running up, wagging its tail. Neither creature (unless I'm missing something) is worried about work on Monday, or an argument they had last week with a feline or canine chum. They just are as they are.

Hungry, playful, growly, hot, sleepy. They express it, and move on.

There's a lot to be said for living this way. Put simply, too much living in the past, we can end up maudlin at best, depressed at worst. And too much living in the future can make us anxious and scared.

So today, how about channelling some kitty or canine laissez-faire? Give yourself permission not to worry so much about what's gone before or what's coming up in the next few days or weeks. After all what's done is done, and what will be will be. Regretting one or fretting about the other won't change either.

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Dougal Sat, May 25th 2013 @ 8:08am

Animals do live in the moment, but they also have memories and fears. Dogs know where they are going for walks, have a definite timetable, and remember the animal they dislike or like.
But their level of trust and empathy far outweighs many humans.

Anonymous Sat, May 25th 2013 @ 9:24am

I've often thought similar things when contemplating our furry friends. And although I know animals can of course experience distress, pain, etc, I've often thought they are better at just being cats and dogs than we sometimes are at being just human. And have envied the lazy laissez faire attitude of a dozing, purring cat, or the unbridled joy of a dog dashing about just for the hell of it.
So yes, I agree that we could learn a thing or two from not fretting about the past or the future.
I guess my problem often is that the present can be very difficult to get through, never mind the past or future. But will try to bear these sentiments in mind.

Carol Sat, May 25th 2013 @ 9:34am

Just what I needed today, thank you. I live alone in a new area and haven't spoken to anyone for over a week. I awoke this morning with, 'oh lordy here we go again is this what my life's going to be? Total isolation'. Reading you blog the fact is I do NOT know what today is going to bring,and dwelling on yesterday is bringing me down - but sitting in my lounge NOTHING is going to happen. So I am off to wash my hair - get my bike out - down to the shops and see what will be. I may have a conversation, who knows? Fine line between scared and excited isn't there?

Anonymous Sat, May 25th 2013 @ 9:59am

My big Tom cat was wild before he moved in with me so he sometimes still shows his scared defensive side with a growl. But five minutes later he's back looking for a tickle or a play and focusing on the good side of out relationship. I watch him and often think what a good way to live so maybe ill try and take something from this over the next few days. Thanks!

Susan Sat, May 25th 2013 @ 11:09am

Thank you so much for today's gem of a message! Just what I needed to I was sweeping our drive after last night's storm blew a binful of pink petals everywhere..and a lady with a dog started chatting as she passed (about the wind last night!) Turns out she's just moved to our village from a much larger one, and was glad to have met her 1st 'friendly neighbour'..we spoke about our elderly sick parents much in common! Her name was Christine with Basil the dog! So if this is you...thank you for cheering me up this morning and making me take out my headphones! And it's sunny now!!!!!

Sarah Sat, May 25th 2013 @ 12:19pm

Hi Carol, I'm really happy you liked my blog today - and there you are, now we've had a mini conversation. :) You're sooo right about the line between scared and excited being so fine - in fact, you've made me think - that might be a good subject for my next blog! Sarah

Anonymous Sat, May 25th 2013 @ 1:24pm

I completely agree with Dougal about dogs.

They live in the moment, but they also understand routine and what weekends mean. I work away at the moment Mon-Thurs. On a Thursday evening, she will be eagerly awaiting my return. If I come home a day early on a Wednesday she doesn't bother to run to meet me at the door and when I walk in she kinda says to me "you're back early? Is that really you mum?".

Mary Blackhurst Hill Hill Wed, May 29th 2013 @ 12:48pm

Absolutely loved this post, Sarah. Also great to have the unconditional love and acceptance of our pets (well, just so long as we continue to feed the cats, of course!). A sunbathing moggy under the desk lamp is a complete balm for the spirits. the other thing I really admire about my two felines is that they have no guilt about snoozing the entire morning (and afternoon) away! Ah, to be so guilt-free...

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