What I Learned about Acceptance from My Cats

what I learned about acceptance from my cats

It can be difficult to deal with some people. I’ve dealt with all kinds of people in my life, but what I learned about acceptance from my cats has really helped me understand people better.

Two Different Types of Cats

Loopy is wild. He’s rambunctious. He acts without thinking. Some would say he’s bold, but he really just jumps in carelessly.

He’s actually super skittish. He runs at the drop of a hat. As much as he may be ready to jump in, he’s twice as ready to freak out.

Nolo, on the other hand is cautious. She’s quiet. She’s sweet. She seems more reserved than Loopy.

At first glance one might think she’s more worried than Loopy, but she’s actually more courageous. Where Loopy dashes in without thinking, Nolo takes inventory. When Loopy runs away, Nolo goes in to investigate. When Loopy freaks out, Nolo stays calm and cool.

I’ve learned a lot about perception vs. what’s real from watching my cats, but what I learned about acceptance from my cats is far more important.

The Value of Different

I could have two Loopy’s. They would be fun, always skittish, always active.

I could have two Nolo’s. They would be sweet, quiet, and curious.

But what fun is that? The beauty of personality is that it changes. Sure Die Hard is an awesome movie worth watching over and over, but so is Princess Bride. Watching nothing but Die Hard would get boring. The same is true for Princess Bride.

A Sweet Life

But with all the variety that exists, life is sweet. What I learned about acceptance from my cats is that there is no perfect personality. There are only different ones and each one adds new flavor to life.

I can enjoy the cats as they are, or try to make them all be the same. Why would I do that with my cats? Why would I do that with people?

Maybe today is a great day to find the value in the people you interact with whether they are sweet and quiet, loud and crazy, or rough around the edges. It’s what makes life exciting and full of adventure.

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David Bishop

David is CEO of Cedowin Productions, dedicated to helping you live your best life through positive habits. He has inspired tens of thousands to improve habits and communication through books, articles, workshops, and apps. He is the creator of AweVenture, helping families enjoy fantastic, active experiences and Zombie Goals, literally making building healthy habits a game. He’s authored several books including How to Create Amazing Presentations, 7 Steps to Better Relationships, and The Man in the Pit, which helps people who have loved ones struggling with depression.

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