Look after yourself first. :)

Mr Midnight and Sir Winston were  curled up together on the large mat in the bathroom.  The bathroom is usually the warmest room of the house  (kitchen excepted)  and our bathroom is no exception.  “The lads” love  the warmth from the floor-central heating and the added bonus of having a  large, fluffy mat cosily wedged underneath their purrrson.  They both believe that the very idea of being able to chill out in the bathroom is something not to be missed.

By the way, can a cat be classified as a person?  If not, excuse the pun above.

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MM-Avatar       Why must he use that awfully loud  fur drying machine every morning Sir Winston?  It makes a right racket.

SW-Avatar       I suppose because some humans like to clean their hair in a morning.  Daddy certainly sticks to  a rigid cleaning plan.

MM-Avatar       But we´re cleaning our fur all the time and we don´t need such  loud appliances.  Can´t he just leave it to dry naturally?

SW-Avatar       It´s called ” human groomin”.

You know that humans love to use loud machines – especially in the morning.  Their modern appliances are quite disturbing for us cats.  Thank goodness daddy doesn´t like the banter on the radio first thing in a morning.  The radio´s enough to drive anyone round the bend.

MM-Avatar       Quite true.  Whatever happened to starting a day with peace  and quiet and an added slice of decorum first thing in the morning?  No wonder people tend to be worn out what with all that interfurrrence going off all the time.

Do you think daddy´s pleased with his appearance?  I think he looks quite funny, what with his fur sticking out at all angles under the sun.

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SW-Avatar       Are you satisfied with your appearance now daddy?  Mr MIdnight was enquiring.

author-Avatar        Thank you, I think I look quite presentable.

MM-Avatar        I love the way your fur sticks out all over the place daddy. It´s quite comical.

author-Avatar       Thanks Mr Midnight.  I´m glad I´m here to amuse the troops!

SW-Avatar       But why go to all that trouble everyday?  I think you look alright as you are;  at least for your age.

author-Avatar       My, my.  We´re full of compliments this morning aren´t we.

I want to feel comfortable before setting foot outside the door and I believe that if one attends to “human groomin” as you so eloquently put it Sir Winston,  one adds value to ones appearance.  A healthy constitution and a tidy, well-groomed appearance, boosts self-confidence and aids make life that much  easier.   Afterall, you should both understand, you´re looking after yourselves all the time.

The inner values of a person are important but I believe  the outer values also reflect a part of the mentality and character (inner values) of a person.

SW-Avatar       But don´t you get into trouble for looking how you do?  Narcissim is believed  to be a negative attribute in human beliefs.  Many believe that it is egoistic or selfish.

author-Avatar       I wouldn´t  go as far as to call myself “narcissistic” Sir Winston.  I´m not always looking at myself in mirrors and things.  I just like to present myself as best I can.

MM-Avatar       It´s alright to love oneself daddy.  We cats are still in command of our intuition and my instinct tells me that it´s  alright to love oneself.  I´m loving myself all the time.    🙂

author-Avatar       If one stated such  thoughts out loud among humans  one would usually be negatively  branded.  It´s  seems to be a human missconception that one is not really allowed to love oneself.  People normally  believe that one is selfish or egocentric if one cares for oneself too much.

SW-Avatar       But it´s a necessity to  love oneself !

If humans want to love somebody properly then they must first, love themselves.  How can a human love somebody else when they are incapable of loving and taking care of themselves?

author-Avatar       Precisely.  For example, a stewardess in an aeroplane always informs her passangers that in the event of an emergency, one should place an oxygen-mask over ones face BEFORE  assisting small children. One puts oneself in a better position if having  looked after oneself first.

MM-Avatar       I don´t follow you daddy.  What´s this aeroplane thingamajig?

author-Avatar       Sorry Mr Midnight.  It´s another means for humans to get from A to B. I wanted to give an example for looking after oneself first in which to aid others.

MM-Avatar       I think I get the jist of it although you are quite confusing sometimes.

SW-Avatar        Daddy used the aeroplane example  as a metaphor for “loving oneself” before others.

You have to love yourself!

One should take time to look after oneself because one would not only be looking after oneself, but also others.

Everybody wants to be loved but before we can recieve love, we have to give love. I think that if we want to share and give love  then one must  know exactly what love is – by having given “love” to ourselves.   If we don´t look after ourselves properly  then we will not be in a position to  “give” or show proper love to somebody else.

MM-Avatar       If you humans have difficulty loving yourselves then just observe us cats every now and again.  We´re always loving ourselves – and that´s why we receive so much love from life.

SW-Avatar       Make the first step in discovering true love and love yourself first!

It is allowed you know.   🙂

As long as loving yourself stays in a positive, healthy state  you don´t have to feel ashamed or  guilty.

MM-Avatar       All this talk about love has given me an appetite. The way to a cats heart is through his stomach.

Can we go to the kitchen and eat some food sticks please?

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The New Year

MM-Avatar       What was that terrifying din the other night?  I was scared out of my wits.

There I was, half asleep,  curled up nice and tightly in my box  with Sir Winston purring away perched on top of daddy when suddenly, this almighty horrific racquet burst through the tranquility of our late evening.

Things you call “bells” were ringing  loudly, the sky was unnaturally  illuminated with fantastic  colours and the smell I smelt afterwards was atrocious.

The worst thing about it all was the painful sounds which continually disturbed the peace.   The two of us didn´t know where to run so we both dived under daddy´s bed and as  scared as hell, decided to wait it out.

SW-Avatar       What a night.  Daddy tried to comfort the both of us but we weren´t having any of it.  The whole situation was quite horrible and fur-raising.

What was going off?  It´s happened before but a very long time ago.

author-Avatar       I can imagine  you suffered a most terrifying ordeal.  I´m afraid there is nothing I can do about the situation.  People love their fireworks.

It only happens once a year so I´m afraid  you´ll both just have to grin and bear it.

MM-Avatar       If you´re afraid,  what are we supposed to do?

author-Avatar       Humans all over the world love to celebrate the beginning of a new year.

SW-Avatar       And what about the animals who do not have it as comfy as Mr Midnight and myself?  They´re out all night and haven´t got the foggiest idea what is happening.  They must be absolutely out of their minds with fear.

MM-Avatar       I don´t think  humans are particularly bothered about other animals Sir Winston.  If  humans believe that they are the highest species on the evolutionary ladder then then will disrespectfully, carry on with their goings off.  Just like daddy said, we´ll just have to grin and bear it.

Cheshire Cat must have had to endure quite a lot of disrespectful human behaviour because he was grinning all the time.

author-Avatar       We humans do not mean to cause any harm and I´m sure that the majority would curb their partying if they knew the pressures and fears most  animals had to suffer because of human frivolity.

MM-Avatar       Well I´m all up for pawtying and laughs but does it have to be so seemingly decadent?

author-Avatar       We´re not aware of our actions – we just want to have a good time.

SW-Avatar       What is this “New Year” thingamajig anyway?

author-Avatar       All cultures and religions have differing dates for the start of their new year. The “modern world” aknowledges the start of the New Year on the 1st January.  Basically, New Years eve is a time for family and friends to celebrate the start of the coming New Year and with which  to reflect on the passing of the old year.  It is a very old tradition and celebrated all over the world.

MM-Avatar        I don´t like eating dates – they make me go to the loo.

So humans all over the world celebrate their New Year on this one night at the end of december?

author-Avatar       No Mr Midnight.  We celebrate on the 31st December because our New Year commences on the 1st January.

Jews celebrate their New Year  (Rosh Hashannah)  between mid September and early October.

Islamic parts of the world have based their calendar on the Lunar Calendar (354 days)  beginning in the year 622 AD in the honour of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

In India, each State and branch of Hinduism has its own date (usually between March or mid April)

The Chinese New Year  (Lunisolar) is between the 21st January and the 19th February.

Over the years, there have been a few changes to the calendar system in Europe. Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian Calendar in 1582    with England changing it´s calendar from the Julian to the Gregorian  in 1752. Up until the 20th Century, the Eastern Orthodox Church still used the Julian Calendar.  In fact, there are  many types of  calendars used all over the world today.

SW-Avatar       You humans certainly love your calendars and mathematics.

For us cats and other animals, time doesn´t matter. We live in the moment. We do not need a calendar.

MM-Avatar       And it looks like  you humans don´t really know the true beginning of your calendars anyway.  From what you´ve said above, nobody seems to have a clue as to when a New Year commences.  You all use your seperate beliefs.  Still, if it makes you happy.   🙂

SW-Avatar       If you must use a calendar, wouldn´t it be logical to start a New Year on your  22nd of December?

author-Avatar       And why should we?

MM-Avatar       Because it would make a little more sense. You have calculated that European inhabitants  live in the Northern hemisphere and your winter solstice occurs on the  21st of December.  The winter solstice (beginning of winter)  has the longest night and therefore, everyday that proceeds makes the night a little shorter.

It would therefore be logical to start a New Year when the days start to get longer.

author-Avatar       In ancient times, the winter solstice had deep, cultural significance and was one of the biggest festive events of the year.

Nowadays, the solstice  seems to pass us by.

MM-Avatar       That´s probably because you Christian humans have got that Jesus guys birthday on your minds.

SW-Avatar       I suppose it doesn´t really matter in what year we all live. The main thing is that people are nice to one another and that they attempt to live their lives in the moment.

MM-Avatar       That´s right Sir Winston.  So next time you all wish to play about with your fireworks and make a terrific din, we´ll try to ignore your strange pawtying antics and chill out as best we can.  We cats are usually, quite cool anyway.   🙂

MM-Avatar  SW-Avatar  author-Avatar      Have a great  New Year, whenever that may be !!

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