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Author Topic: What Lessons /Wisdom Have You Learnt from Your Pet(s)?  (Read 3205 times)
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Cato
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« on: November 06, 2008, 01:40:35 AM »

Solomon, acclaimed as the wisest man that ever walked the earth wrote:

Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
Which, having no chief,
Officer or ruler,
Prepares her food in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.
(Prov. 6: 6-8; NASB)

I beleive that we were meant to learn many things from animals, especially from our animal companions.  I have learnt not a few lessons and pieces of wisdom from my own cats over the years... for example:

-  Miming illustrated for me the meaning of endurance in the face of adversity (and I was only 8 yrs old at the time!)
-  Pezza illustrated for me the literal meaning of "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" with him playing my role and I the role of God  Tongue
- Signal taught me prudence in dealing with some aspects of the world
- Kaffe taught me patience, perseverance, boldness

What did your pet(s) teach you?



maybe I'll write them down in a book titled " Kaffe's Kattikism"   Grin
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catmom5
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008, 05:06:20 AM »

What a wonderful topic. WOW, so many animals and so many lessons . . .

CJ teaches me daily to fight the good fight
Sassy taught me that the very best gifts are those that you give from the heart
My kittens remind me to laugh in the midst of sadness

Each and every one of them teaches me the power of unconditional love

catmom to many here and gone ahead (including several very special doggers)
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2008, 05:56:26 AM »

Oh, there are so many lessons.

For starters, my cats and dogs have taught me to take joy in simple things.  Cats and kittens will play for hours with a simple paper grocery bag or a discarded balled up piece of paper.  Dogs are happy chasing a ball. 

They taught me to slow down and take time to smell the roses (or the kitty litter) hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhxz (that was Junior, not me   Tongue)  To marvel at the beauty of a discarded whisker on the floor, the prowess of a cat "hunting" a toy mouse or stalking a fallen leaf. 

Never to go to bed angry.  How could you with a purring cat curled up by your side.

That the so-called "special needs" or disabled kitties are, indeed, the pick of the litter.....

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Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.
Poem for Cats, author unknown

"A kitten in the animal kingdom is like a rosebud in a garden", author unknown
catbird
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2008, 06:24:55 AM »

My cats have taught me that walking away from a conflict is often the best and bravest solution.  That trust is a precious gift, and that simple kindness solves all sorts of problems.  That mother's love and care are very profound, transcending all boundaries.  And that every living creature has a soul.
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2008, 07:17:59 AM »

My Sophie came to me (a year old), when my brother died.  She taught me that there was still life to be lived.  She taught me the importance of friends when you are in pain.  She taught me it helps just to keep purring - the pain will ease.  She taught me to always be ready to love new people and cats.  She taught me that out of sadness can come joy.  She taught me these lessons for 16 years.  She rejoined my brother last April.  I try to remember her lessons.
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2008, 08:19:30 AM »

wow... awesome... how absolutely humbling.... I confess I posted the topic on impulse last night and did not really expect responses... but your responses are awesome and so humbling!  I WILL copy all these down! --- for future reference on a topic that interests me greatly --- part of the reason I believe why we grow to intensely love our animal companions
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2008, 02:58:20 PM »

Where to begin on this one...

Every day the cats wordlessly show me what they want and need, teaching me to listen and look more carefully and to learn new ways of communication.

They don't disclose everything, tantalizing me with their mysteries.

Due to illness my activities are limited, and I don't get out much. But within the confines of our house there is an infinite sequence of events and experiences, because I live with animals. Like what JustMe said so well upthread about "marvel at the beauty"; and what William Blake wrote with "To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower...." Right now I have live lizard capture around the house to look forward to. One jumped in past me when I opened the door, and it disappeared into a cranny. Fast little buggers! Grin

Doing for someone else helps keep my mind off my problems.

The cats never care what I look like, or how impaired I may be at certain moments. That's truly unconditional love.

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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2008, 03:04:28 PM »

I have learned that it is not necessary to have children to consider yourself a parent.   
I agree with catbird...I have also learned (without a doubt) that all living creatures have a soul.
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2008, 06:53:08 PM »

So so many things I've learned from all my beloved pets through the years.  Probably the most important, and the one I'm finally really beginning to understand and take to heart, is not to ever take any moment with those you love for granted.  Our time here, and our time with them, is all too short.
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catbird
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2008, 06:57:43 PM »

This is such a beautiful thread.  Thank you, Cato, for starting this.  I am deeply touched by everything that has been posted here.  So much wisdom!
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Cato
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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2008, 07:07:16 PM »

Yes --- so much wisdom! 
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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2008, 07:34:55 PM »

With my last dog, Lady, she taught me to have immense faith. She fought and I stayed right with her in the fight and we won-the cancer one and faith to continue on even when things seemed at their worst.

My present love, Foxy Lady, who was an abused dog has taught me not to worry about the small things that tend to tick us off and push our buttons. Rather to hold her close and tell her - I LOVE YOU - and feel the calm and peace she brings to my heart and soul from touching her and holding her close.
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May your troubles be less,
Your blessings be more,
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door
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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2008, 08:14:20 PM »

Cato, what a great thread! I agree; much wisdom here.

My dogs through the years; especially my three goldens have taught me; humility, being able to laugh at myself, to be kind and gentle and not raise my voice. How to enjoy walking and stopping to "smell the roses". Enjoy the wonders of nature.

But most of all; like JJ said: "the calm and peace they bring to heart and soul from touching them and holding them close" - that is what makes them truly special.

Katie
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Cato
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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2008, 10:04:28 PM »

I am copying all your responses for reference... I will find them an outlet and I think the collective message is one that needs to be told: our pets are here for a reason(s) - to benefit us in more ways than simple companionship.
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« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2008, 04:14:35 PM »

Great thread Cato, glad you thought of it.

My kitties have taught me how to laugh even when I'm at my lowest and how to enjoy even the simpliest things in life.

All my animals have taught me there is unconditional love out there.  No matter what a rotten day I'm having when I walk in the door, I'm immediately surrounded by all my pets and they are truly thrilled to see me.  It is wonderful to walk in the room and be the immediate center of attention and surrounded by love.  It is truly uplifting.
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