What My Cat Taught Me About Being Present

If you’re anything like me, your mind is constantly running.

From an internal to do list, to cringing over awkward moments in my past, to constant planning and worrying over my future.

I just can’t seem to get my brain to shut up.

We spend so much time worrying about every aspect of life, but how much time do we actually spend enjoying it?

As you can see in the photo for this post, I recently caught my cat Scout looking like she had found the most perfect little slice of heaven during a nap.

Weird that my sleeping cat lead me to some deep thinking, but that it did.

I caught myself thinking, “man, it must be nice to be a cat, you don’t have to worry about anything.”

But that made me think, do I really need to worry as much as I do?

How much happier would I be if I enjoyed and lived in my present reality rather than worrying about a past I can’t change and a future I can’t predict?

Probably a lot.

Something wonderful about animals is that they don’t just live in the present, but they have the ability to stop us in our tracks and help us do the same.

We see it in shelter cats and dogs with horrible abusive pasts, who find the family of their dreams and become a whole new animal.

They don’t fret on the horrors of their past, never moving on and missing out on the joys of their new life.

They enjoy everything they have with as much love and glee as their little puppy and kitty hearts can contain.

This year, try stepping back when you find yourself thinking outside of your present reality.

Think about what you have in this moment, and try to find the good and positive things around you.

There will always be challenges in the future, and there will always be regrets in the past, but there is so much to enjoy in between.

Take it from Scout!

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