In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how
gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. – Buddha
Last week, we talked about why conscious living is good for us and for our cats. The quote above suggests another component to conscious living that’s also very important: gracious living.
The definition of “gracious” is “characterized by kindness and warm courtesy, “of a merciful and compassionate nature” and “characterized by charm, beauty and elegance.” I think these are all things worth striving for, and I also think that our cats already have all of these qualities.
How can we allow more grace into our lives?
- Remember that noone is in charge of your happiness except you. Cats most definitely have that one down pat.
- Make at least three people smile every day. Cats do this for us without effort. I can’t count the number of times each day that I smile because of something Allegra and Ruby are doing, or simply because of how cute they are!
- Practice letting go. Don’t hold grudges. Practice forgiveness. Cats are good at this. Have you ever accidentally stepped on a cat’s toe? Most likely, you heard a little scream of protest, and you probably felt absolutely horrible for being so careless. But notice how a few minutes later, while you’re still feeling like the worst cat mom on the planet, your cat has already moved on and completely forgotten about the incident?
- Meditate. Even five minutes a day can make a difference. Cats are masters at meditating. What else do you think they’re doing when their sitting sphynx-like with their eyes half closed?
- Don’t worry about what other people think of you. Have you ever seen a cat give even one second’s thought about whether other cats like her?
Let your cats be your guide when it comes to gracious living. I promise you, your life will be better for it.