One thing about being a cat that lives in the same space as humans is they are much smaller than we are so sometimes we don't see them. I couldn't even begin to count how many times I've tripped over or stepped on a cat. Usually they're smart enough to get out of the way, but sometimes circumstances conspire against us. It's nothing personal, it's unintentional, it just happens. Life is like that so often for us as well. Someone says something hurtful or they let a door slam in your face or they tell someone else your secret. There are so many things that others do that we take to heart and refuse to forgive. Take a lesson from the cat, forgive, let it go.
There's one thing you can count on with cats, they are always engaged in what's going on around them - they are always present. Even when they're sleeping it seems like they have a sense that stays awake and they are immediately in the moment, no matter what. This makes them a totally sensual being. Their presence, the way they completely give themselves over to whatever is happening in the moment, they are supremely engaged in life.
As we grow, we start to get terribly concerned about the opinions of others. Most of us dress, act and even think (or try to) to conform to the "norm", to the accepted, to the way that will get us into the group we want to be included in. One of the things we definitely want to stay away from is looking stupid. This will generate ridicule and possibly ostracization (yes, I made up that word!).
How fearless are you? Do you let difficult experiences stop you? Do you worry about what others think of you? Do you let your little voice talk you out of doing things? Do you let the size of the obstacle affect your determination? Do you quit before you've even begun?
When we say "I am - fill in the emotion" - we are expressing that that is our reality. It is how we are living, existing. In many other cultures/languages they say "I have - fill in the emotion" which indicates that the emotion is a current experience that we are holding for that moment. The big difference between am and have is that with have, you have the option to let go.
There’s something about a new year that gives us hope for self improvement. The chance to correct all the mistakes we’ve made so far. The opportunity to be more than you were and closer to the perfection you envision. No pressure. And then it all falls apart in a few weeks or, if you’re especially motivated, a few months.
No matter their age, cats always play. All it takes is a long piece of fabric dangling or a twist tie on the floor or a laser pointer (or other point of light), and away they go! Suddenly, it's playtime! Humans, on the other hand, often forget to play. As we get older it starts to seem frivolous. It becomes something we have to plan or coordinate. If we do it at all. I have a friend who's favorite question when getting to know people is "what do you do for fun?" It is remarkable how many people can't even answer that question.