11 lessons I learned from my cat

This is George Cat. He is a ginger guru, and I love to learn from his natural, unaffected wisdom.

He lives with me in a remote mountain village in Transylvania, along with his brother, sister, and mother. As you can see from the photos, George is a live wire, except when he’s dead to the world. He’s sweet-natured (as they all are), ridiculously happy, curious, persistent, optimistic, opportunistic, loving, affectionate, entrepreneurial, funny, and magnificently beautiful.

George teaches me something every day. Here are eleven of his life lessons that we should all remember.

Number 1 – family comes first

George loves his family. With his sister and his brother, he was born to his mama Hobbs here in my study in 2011, and they haven’t been separated since. Family is very important to George, even he does have the occasional spat.

Number 2 – get plenty of exercise

Always make time for physical activity. You can dance by yourself in the snow, you can take a hike in the mountains, you can use a chair for some gym work, or you can race your mum to breakfast…

Number 3 – get plenty of sleep

Slumber in peaceful solitude, or catnap with friends. If you get enough rest you’ll have all the energy you need to life life to the full.

IMG_4048_2Number 4 – be honest

Never be afraid to say what you really think, even if it’s a controversial opinion.

A year ago today (8th November) I’d asked George what he thought of the new orange incumbent of the White House. Despite sharing hair colour, George told me precisely what he thought of America’s choice.

 

IMG_5093Number 5 – take no notice of big egos

Don’t be intimidated by flashy loudmouths. You can ignore people who think they’re cock of the walk just because they are snazzy dressers and like the sound of their own voices. More often than not, underneath the fine feathers, they are chicken.

Number 6 – take your work seriously

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You must never miss an opportunity to hunt out a tasty deal, and be persistent in persuading people to your way of thinking. Persistence, for an entrepreneur like George, is critical. He doesn’t take offence when his advances are rejected; he just keeps trying. Never say never, says George.

 

Number 7 – never stop learning

Hobbs and George's climbing lessonAlways take advice from experts. Whether you’re young and on a steep learning curve in life, or whether you’re mature but still eager to advance your development, seek out those who can teach you something worth knowing. Your mum is always a good place to start. Mums know best.

Number 8 – always be kind to children

George meets Mango & Fig

especially if they’re lost, lonely and frightened. When hungry youngsters appear at your door and want to share your sofa, your toys and your breakfast, give them a warm welcome, even if it’s difficult. It can hard letting strangers into your life, but offering a friendly paw can bring many rewards.

 

Number 9 – be curious

Explore new situations, meet new people, investigate potential opportunities. Even if they go wrong, explorations are always worthwhile, even if they’re sometimes scary; at the very least you’ll learn something of value: don’t do that again!

Number 10 – be magnificent

Remember – you are the culmination of evolution. You are the savannah cheetah, the jungle tiger, the mountain lion and the snow leopard. You carry the memories and wisdom of all your kind. Never forget how unique and remarkable you are.

Number 11 – above all, laugh

Be daft. to hell with dignity. Fill your life with happiness and be thoroughly adorable. Life is short so live it with joy.

Which of George’s lessons do you like best? What lessons does your cat or dog teach you? Do tell me in a comment. Send George a message!

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3 thoughts on “11 lessons I learned from my cat

  1. I love this, Arabella. All so very true. Islay has already taught me the importance of finding time to walk in the sunshine: there is nothing more important than finding time to be rather than do.

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