There are so many lessons that we can learn from our pets.
We can learn to be present, to love unconditionally, and to find joy in the simple things.
The most important of these lessons, in my opinion, is being present.
Somewhere along our evolutionary journey, humans lost the ability to just be.
We are constantly running from appointment to appointment, longing for things that we don’t have, and wishing that we could be in places that we currently aren’t.
However, it’s not entirely our fault.
Our society expects us to bury ourselves in our work and consume our time with action.
We live in a culture that doesn’t value time off or complacency.
Animals, on the other hand, live in a completely different social construct.
They aren’t expected to be anywhere that they are not already and they aren’t expected to do anything that they don’t want to be doing.
As long as they can find food to eat and a place to sleep, they are good to go.
And as far as animals go, pets have it the best.
They don’t even need to spend time finding food or shelter since it is already provided for them.
All they need to do is find ways to entertain themselves and be present in their world.
And for one cat in particular, being present is something that she is very good at.
In the video below, you’ll see a cat that is an expert at enjoying herself.
It starts with a shot of her in the garden, taking a nap in the soil, soaking in the sun, and simply being present in her environment.
When she is done with this, she decides that it is time to have a little bit of fun.
So she lays in the cement path and starts rolling around on her back.
She’s flipping this way and that and just as she completes a full roll, she notices something that is within her reach–her tail.
So she grabs at her tail and flips it around, pretending that it is some poor mouse or bug that has, unfortunately, found its way into her kitty claws.
The video continues with many more shots of this cat just being a cat.
And it is amazing.
Because as humans, sometimes all it takes is watching another creature enjoying itself for us to remember that we could be doing that too.
Humans have been using pets as therapeutic tools for a long time.
According to HelpGuide, “Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Perhaps most importantly, though, a pet can add real joy and unconditional love to your life.”
So if you find yourself in need of a little boost, you should consider getting yourself a pet.
But if a pet is too much responsibility for you right now or if you simply don’t have the space to keep one, maybe just watching this video will help.
This cat will have you feeling better in no time.
And hopefully, it will remind you that happiness can be attained anywhere that you are, you just need to be present.
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