The ideal of calm
“The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.” ― Jules Renard
A year ago today, my post was about the exotic and mostly unknown world of undersea creatures. Today I’m thinking of the wonders that are often hiding in plain sight, among animals we see so often that we scarcely notice them.
Dogs, cats, birds, squirrels and rabbits…you probably see at least one of these furry or feathered friends every day. Today I hope you’ll take a few minutes to look a bit more closely, and see what they might have to teach us.
Cats, of course, are masters of the art of relaxation. Dogs excel at lavishing affection, or at least interest and attention, on humans. Most birds and squirrels seem to have boundless energy; I can’t picture one looking lazy. And rabbits can be the most unobtrusively intrusive, adorable but annoying animals around, if one is trying to grow something they find tasty. Their cuteness is such that I can’t really get angry at them no matter what they consume. I wish I could borrow their ability to appear harmless and cuddly while behaving disruptively.
While few creatures can match the contagious calm radiated by a sitting cat, watching almost any kind of animal is a great stress-buster. When things get a little too overwhelming, practice seeing the world through non-human eyes for a few minutes. It might be just the perspective you need.
One year ago today: