Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Life Lesson from my Cat #13 ~ We're all Different

we're all different but we are all connected - variety is essential

Our cats are like chalk and cheese - one is fluffy, stocky and sleeps 23 hours a day, and the other is slinky, curious and always on the go. Each has her weaknesses and her strengths, and each has qualities that are endearing or annoying. If they were both the same it would be too much - their differences create balance.

People are like that - we all have different stories to tell, different paths we've taken, different personality traits, and different approaches to life. Despite our differences, we all have lots to offer in regard to the world we live in, our friendships and our in our families. The world would be an incredibly boring place if we were all middle class, white bread women.

I'm hoping we celebrate the differences, I'd like to see us embrace people who have a different world view to ours and see where our areas of commonality are, rather than only seeing what divides us. Life is short and we have so much to learn and appreciate - there is so much we can teach each other if only we stop long enough to listen.

Different people have different journeys for different reasons. You can't judge, but you can celebrate that there are connections everywhere. Jane Seymour

My posts next month are going to be about happiness and the ways I've learned to grow it in my own life. Choices play a big role in finding ongoing happiness - there's a different flavour for everyone, but we all make choices along the way to create our own version of happiness. Accepting the fact that everyone is different and yet valuable in their own right is one of the keys to being able to let annoyances go. Remembering things are different and not necessarily meant to annoy us can give us so much freedom. Let's celebrate our differences and see where they take us.

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we're all different but we are all connected - variety is essential

25 comments:

  1. Thank your cat for sharing this very important message. I'm thrilled to see a new entry from kitty each day. And so profound!
    Carol
    http://carolcassara.com/hoping/

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    1. I'm just so over all the hate out there Carol - differences should be appreciated, not vilified.

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  2. I adore the diversity in my life. I also adore cats! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. me too for both of these Pennie - thanks for stopping by x

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  3. I swear nothing gives me more hope for the future than cats & the next generation.

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    1. I really hope the next generation lives up to their promising start - they seem to be a lot more accepting of others and willing to find commonality Carla.

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  4. Thanks for yet another profound lessons from your two kitties!

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    1. They've been very honoured to share their wisdom this month Shirley - but on to new things next week :)

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  5. What a boring world it would be if we were all the same Leanne! I'm looking forward to your happiness series next month.

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    1. Me too Sue - I'm loving writing it and I hope it will strike a chord with anyone who stops by to read it :)

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  6. I love listening to people who have different backgrounds and points of view. Listening helps me form a more well-educated opinion for myself.

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    1. Ignorance is the biggest problem Adela - so listening and aiming to understand is such a great gift to ourselves and to others.

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  7. Forgot to mention: my cats, Sasha and Meesha are very different, too. And they are litter-mates.

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    1. It's amazing how they have their own distinct personalities when you would expect them to be much the same. Diversity is wonderful!

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  8. It really would be boring if we were all the same. I had two cats that were completely different, one couldn't sit still and the other couldn't stay awake. Yin and Yang. Sadly my 'ants in the pants' cat died and while the other still likes to sleep a lot, now and then I swear he's possessed by the other because he'll start running around the house and jumping on things that he's not supposed to be one, just like she did.

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    1. Our really sleepy cat does that too Jennifer - we call it her 5 minutes of crazy time - where she bolts around the house like a mad thing chasing imaginary bugs and then has to "rest" again after all that effort - they're funny things aren't they?

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  9. Hello, Leanne! This is one of the most amazing posts that I have read in quite some time. I have often felt that we can learn a lot from animals. And this post is a perfect example :) thank you.

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    1. what a lovely thing to say - thank you so much! Animals have a much simpler take on life and I think we complicate things way too much! thanks for stopping by and commenting x

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  10. Too right Leanne. There's no point being the same as anyone else. You are you, and you should be thankful for being the person you are. I love the fact that me, my family and friends are different. We all complement each other in this way.

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #LifeLovingLinkoe

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    1. That's why variety is the spice of life isn't it Sally? We learn and grow so much by mixing with different types of people.

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  11. Yes, Leanne. Accepting oneself and others is one of the keys to a happy life. I look forward to more of your positive observations.

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    1. Thanks Molly - I'm really looking forward to writing about happiness in July - it's a subject close to my heart.

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  12. I love kitties! For our second cat we nearly chose one very similar to the first (Miss Fleur) but then realised we needed to go for something different. So last weekend we adopted Seth! Miss Fleur is a bit of a princess-diva-puss-kitty, nearly 3 years old. Seth is a 5 year old tabby and looks big and scary but really he is a big softie and a real lap cat :-)

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    1. I saw all your cat posts when I was on your blog the other day Janet - you are a true Cat Woman and you definitely get the whole "cats could teach us a lesson or two" way of thinking.

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  13. Its the uniqueness in all living creatures that makes this planet so amazing. I love the way cats can be so different! Thanks for sharing at the Pit stop!

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