I Learned All I Need to Know from My Cat (author unknown)


* It’s ok to wear the same things everyday.
* Sleeping is very underrated … as is stretching.
* Never crack your knuckles.
* Grooming requires a serious time commitment.
* Remember to wash behind your ears, in between your toes and under your arms.
* Keep your nails trimmed and hair clean.
* Pee without getting any on your feet.
* Eat when you’re hungry; when you’re not hungry, play with your food.
* If you don’t see it, ask for it.
* Counters are the best place to sit in a kitchen.
* Show some discretion.
* Don’t burp in public.
* Have no qualms about sharing a plate of food, or eating leftovers.
* Drink milk.
* Try not to obsess about cholesterol.
* Be hard to leave.
* Notice squirrels, investigate shadows, and chase butterflies.
* Make your own hours.
* Shred all documents.
* Money is only paper.
* Be curious.
* Get to know people in high places, somehow.
* Don’t be afraid to take chances.
* Take a moment to recover your dignity, but don’t dwell on the past too much.
* Don’t always come when you are called.
* Try new things.
* Take time to eat some flowers.
* Stare unabashedly.
* Test limits.
* Be tolerant, but not overly accommodating.
* Get mad when you are stepped on.
* Forget that you were stepped on.
* Know all the sunny places.
* Sometimes you can’t explain yourself.
* Sometimes you can’t explain your actions.
* Have a sneeze that is the envy of others.
* Make yourself vulnerable, but don’t be afraid to bite the hand that feeds you.
* Challenge yourself.
* Share your victories.
* Recycle.
* Exercise daily.
* Go barefoot.
* Obey your instincts.
* Claim your own chair.
* Flaunt your hair loss.
* Vary your hangouts.
* Make the world your playground.
* Recognize the toy in everything.
* Make the most of unstructured time.
* There is always time for a nap.
* Be easy to come home to.
* Show affection and contentment.
* Everyone is entitled to an occasional mood swing.
* The faster you run upstairs, the more likely you are to forget why you went up there in the first place.
* There is nothing wrong with changing your mind.
* Love unconditionally.
* Avoid company you do not like.
* Accept that all company may not like you.
* Depend on others without losing your independence.
* Enjoy your own company.
* Be a good listener.
* Invite yourself to dinner.
* Don’t drool.
* Scratch when and where it itches.
* Get used to silences.
* Be entertaining, strike poses, wiggle your ears.
* Jump right into the middle of things.
* Just because you’re home, you don’t have to answer the phone.
* Ask for attention.
* Feel no guilt.
* Use negative attention getting tactics only as a last resort.
* Ignore television.
* Yawn like you really mean it.
* Find a good lap to curl up in.
* Be soft.
* Be cool.
* Be mysterious.
* Be able to make someone feel better just by being there.
* Make people wonder what you do at night.
* Be good at finding things in the dark.
* Have a warm bed.
* Be loved.
* Dream.

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Echoes


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Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air
And deep beneath the rolling waves
In labyrinths of coral caves
The echo of a distant tide
Comes willowing across the sand
And everything is green and submarine.

And no-one called us to the land
And no-one knows the wheres or whys
But something stirs and something tries
And starts to climb towards the light

Strangers passing in the street
By chance two separate glances meet
And I am you and what I see is me
And do I take you by the hand
And lead you through the land
And help me understand the best I can

And no-one calls us to move on
And no-one forces down our eyes
And no-one speaks and no-one tries
And no-one flies around the sun

Cloudless everyday you fall upon my waking eyes
inciting and inviting me to rise
And through the window in the wall
Come streaming in on sunlight wings
A million bright ambassadors of morning

And no-one sings me lullabies
And no-one makes me close my eyes
And so I throw the windows wide
And call to you across the sky