A cat's priorities

Jennifer Bonn

Jen Bonn

Lately, I have noticed that my cat has her priorities in better order than I do. Let me give you a few examples of the differences between us.

I find at least ten things to do before I sit down for breakfast, while my cat thinks breakfast is a necessary start to the day. She protests loudly until I fill her dish.

I have to be careful not to eat too many treats, but my cat meows whenever I am close to her favorite goodies. She doesn’t think limiting her intake is a good idea.

I make exercise a daily routine while she does the same with naps. She feels that moving too quickly at any time might upset her digestion.

While I sometimes need a moment to myself at the end of the day, she perceives this time as the moment to curl her 15 pounds on my lap and demand to be petted. She can be three rooms away and somehow know when I have sat down on the couch.

While I have trouble sitting still for long, my cat knows the importance of lounging in the sun.

I find time once a day to take a shower, but my cat thinks cleanliness is important enough to bathe after every meal.

My cat knows how to make family members feel special. If one of us sits down on the floor, she rubs against us, circles us while purring, and makes us feel as if we are the most important people in her life. I need to focus more on that.

We could all learn some lessons from the animals in our lives. Good food, rest, and surrounding ourselves with good people all sound like great priorities.

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

Kennesaw, GA

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