I share my home with two cats, both of whom teach me a lot. Although he is just five-and-a-half years old, Cookie has filled my life with tremendous wisdom.
Rule #1 – Do what you love
Cookie has fun every day, all the time. His life is pure joy.
Rule #2 – Go belly up
Cookie isn’t afraid to be vulnerable or to expose his underbelly.
Rule #3 – Resist containment
Cookie hates to be confined; he needs to be free.
Rule #4 – Approach conflict with curiosity
Cookie doesn’t react with anger; he watches, listens, and learns.
Rule #5 – Serendipitously surrender
Cookie knows when to give in and doesn’t hold a grudge.
Rule #6 – There is no time like the present
Cookie truly lives in the moment.
Rule #7 – Snuggle
What is the purpose of life without innocent hugs and kisses?
Rule #8 – Retreat, rest, and reflect
Cookie spends most of his time in a contemplative, meditative trance.
Rule #9 – Carefully plan your attack
Cookie never pounces before crouching, waiting for the right moment, and wiggling his behind to rile up his victim (which is usually a stuffed bird, fish, or mouse).
Rule #10 – Forgive and forget
Cookie easily moves on. Every moment is truly a new beginning.
Rule #11 – Never overlook an opportunity to play
When Cookie isn’t contemplating the meaning of his existence or eating, he is usually playing.