I have been a cat lover for as long as I can remember though never got around to actually owning one.
When Wriggley or W, the stray cat strolled into my life, he was all of 4 months. His round green eyes with two black teardrops around his inner eyelids had me fall head over heels – it was love at first sight. However, unlike the playful kittens around, he had an air about him that spelt wisdom. He seemed older and mature at that time and still is. In fact, living with him has been a revelation.
He controls me and many a times leaves me with a feeling, that his credit rating got me the loan for my apartment!
Well there are a zillion things, this bundle of fur has taught me. Some have been entrenched in my mind and others lay deep and warm the cockles of my heart.
Here are 7 lessons you, too can learn from W.
W taught me to revel in my aloneness. At the time I brought him home, I had recently lost some very dear people in my life and my world seemed alone and dark. I was afraid to be alone. He taught me that there is strength in being alone if you allow yourself to see the freedom it provided. To use being alone as a sign of empowerment and revel in it.
This is the second lesson he taught me. Stop worrying about the past or the future. Be in the now, for that is where joy resides and the present is all there is.
He taught me to say ‘no’ when I really didn’t want to do the things forced down on me. Very often, you may tend to go with things because you do not want to look bad or tilt the apple cart. In saying ‘yes’ to others you deny joy to yourself. I learnt from W to stop being a people pleaser. That it is okay to pursue my happiness in a self-love way – an important lesson.
This is my next lesson – aim high and you’ll surprise yourself by reaching farther than you think you can. In case, you miss, you’ll still land, on your feet.
An invaluable lesson. No matter how many times people dissuade you, go forth and do what you desire. The rest is all ambient noise. Focus, perseverance and not accepting ‘no’ is an invaluable lesson from W that I try not to forget.
Go ahead, explore. There’s the possibility of learning something new or gaining something you never thought possible!
Another lesson I cherish is this ability of cats to embrace failure.
Owning a cat has been the most rewarding experience of my life. W has changed my world. He influences my sage wisdom and teaches me new things about life.
In fact, one of the conditions when I was dating my partner, Pari, he had to accept and learn to adore Wriggley. When I met Pari, a dog lover he didn’t think much of cats, at all but cats have the magical power of ingratiating themselves in your life and W did just that with him. They both are thick as thieves, today and I often, feel left out of the boys’ club!
From a relationship perspective, Wriggley shared some invaluable lessons.
Cats teach us more about self-love. They are content in who they are and display their love unconditionally to those who love them back. They might not necessarily, jump at you with joy but that slow walk and rubbing your calves leave you in no doubt about their adoration.
You may hate a cat or think why in the blazes do they, even exist! However, you cannot deny the joy you receive when you see a video with a kitten chasing a ball of thread or trying to catch its own tail.
Hey, cats are ruling the internet.
So, pause and make notes, these felines are the high priests/priestesses who can give a masterclass on life and business to the world.
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