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The Wisdom of Cats. Friday June 10, 2016

What do I worry about? Lady Penelope has two cats – brother and sister from the same litter. They are the laziest creatures I've ever met. They contribute nothing. They cost her a fortune in vet's bills. And she loves them.

When she awakes, they appear. They purr and talk and she feeds and pets them. When she sits down, they appear. They pile up on her lap – sometimes on top of one another – they purr and she pets them.

When they are even remotely hungry, they appear in the kitchen and look expectant. She feeds them – and sometimes they just turn their noses up. But she feeds them again, day after day, without fail. In fact, she's never failed them.

To me, it's a very one-sided relationship, but it works for Lady Penelope... and the cats!

Surely you and I are smarter than cats? Or at least as clever?

We work, we're conscientious, we're responsible.
We don't get to laze around all day, and lie across someone's lap and get stroked.
And yet, Lady Penelope's cats seem to have made a better choice.
We can make all manner of excuses for them, but I think they are just smarter.
In fact, I think they have faith in her.

Is it time for you and I to learn from the wisdom of cats?

The flowers of the field are dressed most splendidly at this time of the year in the UK – at no cost – it's just natural. They don't labour or spin or weave. They just 'are'.

The birds of the air find their fill of food but don't work for it. They certainly say, "Thank you!" every morning though, with the most glorious songs. Yes, they've known privation in Winter but now it's Summer. It's time for abundance.

And the cats just turn up with positive expectation and get a result every time.

What if you and I were to have a positive expectation of a Universe that expresses abundance at this time of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere)? Do you think something wonderful could turn up today if we looked for it and purred in delight?

What could we have faith in today?

I'd love to know.

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Amanda Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 6:16am

Lovely post Lex

Norman Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 6:17am

Lex hi! I'm lying awake deciding whether to turn over or "carpe diem." I can shape my own reality as cats shape their reality by refusing to consider the possibility of you not feeding them. My current relationship took a significant step forward when her cat asked for my PSI number and put me on the staff. Duties include letting him in and out of the window, the roof space and the hot press. Wages are the occasional rub against the leg, to which I tug the forelock and say "thank'ee zirr" like a good peasant. Not everything in a cat's life is perfect however, he's neutered...

Lex Sat, Jun 11th 2016 @ 10:02am

What a brilliant ending to your comment, Norman... I really did laugh out loud! Touche! L'xx

Norman Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 6:17am

Lex hi! I'm lying awake deciding whether to turn over or "carpe diem." I can shape my own reality as cats shape their reality by refusing to consider the possibility of you not feeding them. My current relationship took a significant step forward when her cat asked for my PSI number and put me on the staff. Duties include letting him in and out of the window, the roof space and the hot press. Wages are the occasional rub against the leg, to which I tug the forelock and say "thank'ee zirr" like a good peasant. Not everything in a cat's life is perfect however, he's neutered...

Orangeblossom Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 7:01am

Thanks Lex. Loved your post. It was very amusing! Our neighbour has a cat who we frequently discuss. Watch programmes about cats on a regular basis.

Hopeful One Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 7:59am

Hi Lex- thank you for highlighting the the wisdom of cats and the lessons we can learn from them. The reason their presence works for us, as Carl Rogers the author of person centred therapy would say,is because they offer us unconditional positive regard and love which the 'significant others' in our lives may not.

The Joke Squadron is going maintain radio silence until it's examination on the 14th is over. Your wishes of good luck will be appreciated as it plans the raid.It hopes that your good wishes and it's sense of humour will help convert performance anxiety into performance energy.

True story nominated for the Darwin Award.

As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from.."

LillyPet Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 9:39am

Ha ha! Aww thats sweet! Thanks for the chuckle H.O. LP :)

g Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 3:52pm

This IS SO funny . I do love your type of humour HO and the reappearance . I do not always read everything and sometimes do not open M for days so I am not always up to date with info . I had missed u big time a few days ago but nobody answered my question as to your whereabouts . Of course you are free to come and go however you please but once you hade accustomed me to your daily around 8 am post and joke I did worry when it was not there. Thank you so much for this veiled explanation and sorry for asking then although you may not have seen the question. I always wish you good luck no no no good luck but good fortune as luck sounds a bit cruel like dice throwing ( mind you coin is 50/50 unless you temper with it ). It is not about terminology . Whatever happens on 14th you cannot do anything about it now and you are already doing your best today by doing what you are doing best . My thoughts , prayers , good wishes and vibes I am sending your way .... however I am not a cat person unless they are big cats like lion , tiger , panther ... I love horses that are not the best choice of pet in central London . I have a big dog - second best . I am the ruler of her world , she follows me , trusts me , gives me unconditional love . With cats it is the other way around - they are in charge . Was I the only one unable to do the graph ? Only the top option was available and I could not do anything with the card or even click on the bottom option - weird. Maybe it is my computer - I do have too many pages open at once sometimes but if I am not the only one I wonder if Caroline has any answers ? Love and piece to all . Keep on keeping on the way I do know that Lex uses cats as an example to illustrate his ideas and I do always like your clear , powerful writing ......

Hopeful One Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 6:39pm

Hi LillyPet-Thanks for your comment.As Ken Dodd would say keep the chuckle muscles active.

Hopeful One Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 6:42pm

Hi g- I missed your inquiry but rest assured all is well.Your concern and well wishes are truly appreciated.I am ,as you so rightly observe, only the master of my effort.May you be happy,may you go in peace.

rekha Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 9:08am

This made me smile yes I am God's cat in universe!!!!!!

LillyPet Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 9:37am

Morning Lex,
I love this blog! I've heard it called the law of least effort, which I find very soothing.
Do what we can and let the universe take the strain, it can more than handle it! Just be, (in this community is a lovely place to be, like the warm soft lap of a carer who will always be there to listen and gently stroke) and have faith. I often look at birds flying around and think how good it might be to have a simple life, without worry. So today, even if momentarily I'll slink around cat like (!) do what I do and just be.
(I hope you dont mind Lex, but I'd like also to comment on Leahs wonderful post yesterday as I was very tired yesterday. I would love to respond to so many of the comments. I just would like to add my love and grattitude to Jonathon for telling his story even with his emotional injuries and who I'd also love to read more from. A big welcome from me too!).

Well birds are singing out there and I'm going to slink through Friday cat like, leave all the worry and stress to the humans :) Thanks for your very soothing blog Lex. LP xx

g Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 3:59pm

hmmmm.. birds... have you noticed how hard they work ? finding the mate , building the nest , feeding the young , crossing continents.. I do admire their instinct and genetic conditioning ... and freedom ...hence hate cages and zoos. There must be depressed birds in those cages fed food they do not work for and pills for their depression - of course they would be depressed with no purpose , free will , responsibilities , adventure ... wretched hospitals ... bad memories .... nothing personal just a different association

LillyPet Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 9:40am

Ps Bear hugs! :) xxx

Lex Sat, Jun 11th 2016 @ 10:05am

Purring... L'xx

Skyblue Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 10:09am

Hi Lex, yes, I do believe 'something wonderful could turn up today if we look for it...' I think we should actually expect it and in the same moment thank it for turning up. That paves the way for all kinds of joyful things to happen, some too small to see or realize unless we're already expecting them! And I love cats, too. And your writing has such a peaceful vibe, always appreciated. And if I may....hi Leah, I've written to you on yesterday's blog. Thanks again, Lex. xx

Lex Sat, Jun 11th 2016 @ 10:05am

Thank you, Skyblue... I'm just cat-ching up 'cos Lady P and I have had the week off... purring. L'xx

Lexi Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 12:46pm

LOVED this post today Lex. Just loved it. I'm smiling and looking forward to the day. xo Lexi

g Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 4:01pm

I will come back to this post L
ex once my mind settles

g Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 4:02pm

funny formatting - I know how I did it so now I know how to post poems in comments - beware .

The Gardener Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 5:19pm

Anyone who thinks they are smarter than cats is living in a fool's paradise. We've had 5 cats in 61 yeas of marriage - and they win in all fields. Hiding when you want to go out - stealing when they seem safely asleep, revving up the local dogs, destroying furniture, and destroyers of the best-laid plans. One, verge of kittens, was supplied with a 'royal' birthing place - introduced to it, she worried it till it was right, then went and had them in a child's bed. I wrote a book 'Cats and Dogs at x's house (a grand-son). This was about teamwork between the two animals, usually on thieving - cat would jump on table, kick roast chicken on the floor (attendant mess) and they'd share it. Norman is near the mark with cats' attitude to humans - servants, and not very good ones at that. Just picked up our week-end cat from the vet (she is their mascot) she was being very sniffy about 4 demented dogs. But the love they give. Oh, if you think the birds don't work for their food you have not watched 'Springwatch'.

Laura Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 5:26pm

Perhaps I can have faith in myself today...

Lex Sat, Jun 11th 2016 @ 10:06am

Yes you can, Laura... and today too! L'xx

the room above the garage Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 5:58pm

Thank you Lex! I think I told you that I used to work beside a cat called Lex. He was divine, majestic and reassuringly silent with a knowing smile. I have faith that all will be well. It helps me reason the good and the bad. In my bad days I cry and say it and in the better days it's a pop up reminder. Really enjoyed this today lovely, love ratg x.

Lex Sat, Jun 11th 2016 @ 10:07am

Purring again... L'xx

Lex Sat, Jun 11th 2016 @ 9:59am

Huge apologies for no responses yesterday, my friends, I was off on hols. Thank you for all your heart-warming comments. L'xx

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