There are hundreds of folk tales and superstitions surrounding cats, and one of them is that cats steal a dead person’s soul. Of course we know that that’s ridiculous. In fact, and I’m sure that all of you agree with me on this: cats are good for the soul.
People may fall into one of two categories: soul suckers or soul savers. But there’s no doubt in my mind that all cats are soul savers.
You probably know a soul sucker or two. Soul suckers are always negative, angry and judgmental. They get their kicks out of dividing people. They trade their soul for some perceived power over others; a power that exists only in their own minds. They’re the ones who always come up with warnings about everything. They leave nasty comments on blogs and on Facebook. Life is always hard, things are always bad, and they just know the world is going to hell in a hand basket. They suck all the energy out of a room, and they want everyone around them to commiserate and live the same miserable lives they do.
Soul savers, on the other hand, see the beauty and light in the world. Just being around them feels good. They believe that basic goodness exists in all of us. They don’t deny that there is pain and suffering in the world, but they don’t constantly share stories of struggle and misery. They are compassionate, and they care for others and uplift them. They’re good listeners. They are there for others when they’re needed, but they won’t allow others to indulge in self-pity and negativity.
Doesn’t that describe purr-fectly what cats do for us? Studies have already shown that cats are good for our health. Simply petting a cat can lower your blood pressure. A 10-year study at the University of Minnesota Stroke Center found that cat owners were 40 percent less likely to have heart attacks than non-cat owners. But cats are not just good for our physical health, they’re also good for our mental, spiritual and emotional health.
Cats remind us to live in the moment, to slow down, and not take life so seriously all the time. If that’s not the work of a a soul saver, I don’t know what is.