The secret to happiness (from a cats point of view).

MM-Avatar       I like human beings.  They make me laugh.  They are sometimes so comical but at the same time, I often feel sorry for them.

SW-Avatar       I´m quite fond of them too but why do you feel sorry for them?

MM-Avatar       They seem to be always searching for something but hardly ever seem to find what they are so desperately searching for.  That´s kind of sad isn´t it.

SW-Avatar       Could you be more specific Mr. Midnight.  I´m not quite following you.  I haven´t noticed anything out of the ordinary – after all, they are ONLY human beings.

MM-Avatar       Well I´m quite aware that humans are not as open towards life as we cats and other animals but shouldn´t humans not at least be satisfied about the way they  go about things.  After all, they choose to live their lives in such a way.  They do have a choice.  We cats have to accept their “strange” ways of living.

SW-Avatar       Humans are rather poor creatures aren´t they. They make all the calls and are often dissatisfied with the outcome.  I suppose one can´t help feeling sorry for them.

They have all the possibilities in the world with which to make themselves happy but they often fail to reach this normal state of existence. It seems that they avoid expecting the best in life. They obviously do not trust themselves otherwise the very idea of “expecting the best in life” would be taken for granted.

Do you know what seems to be missing?

MM-Avatar       Of course.  Happiness!

Humans are often quite  negative in their approach to things and when they do have a good time, it appears to be quite superficial.

SW-Avatar       And as you so rightly put it, the poor things appear to be on a constant search for their  “Raison d’être“.

MM-Avatar       What´s a Raison d’être Sir W?    It sounds rather purrrculiar to me.

SW-Avatar       It would Mr. Midnight.  It´s a French word.  Humans from a place called France speak such a language. Raison d’être simply means “reason for existence”.

MM-Avatar       Well thank goodness daddy comes from that gloomy, damp place they call England.  I understand his manner of speaking.  By the way, what´s the word for “a cat” in that Frenchy country?

SW-Avatar       Le Chat

MM-Avatar       I´m not into all that chatting and stuff. Modern humans also  seem to love their chatting, twittering, blogging and whatever.  French cats are obviously very sociable but the life they lead does sound rather tiring.  All that interfurrrence!

I suspect that continual chattering and talking can be fun but I suppose it depends upon what one decides to talk about.

SW-Avatar       Humans do appear to rabbit on and on don´t they.  They just love “doing things”.

MM-Avatar       And usually very loud things!

SW-Avatar       I think it´s because humans tend to go through life  “thinking” things too much  most of  the time.

MM-Avatar       So you´re saying that humans should switch  their “thinking caps”  off once in a while?

SW-Avatar       I think I must be.  If they did  they would stand a better  chance of being  more in-touch with themselves instead of them  continually surrounding their lives with chronic  interference.

You see, they all seem to want to be happy but the majority seem incapable of relieving themselves from their habitual “thinking modus”.

MM-Avatar       But if humans stopped “thinking” then they wouldn´t develop would they.

SW-Avatar       And so they should carry on “thinking”.  I was only trying to make the point that  “thinking” too much  easily detracts  from a  souls true source.

Thoughts are an accumulation of experiences and input from various sources . . . .

MM-Avatar       . . . .tomato sauce?  That´s yummy!

SW-Avatar       Please remain serious for a moment Mr. Midnight. Allow me to carry on, I wanted to explain.

Humans react the way they do because of their accumulated experiences and because of  what their cultures expect of them.  Humans are led to believe that what others tell them (authority etc.)   is the truth and  ONLY the  truth.  Please don´t get me wrong Mr. Midnight, “thinking” is a necessity for human development but by placing too much emphasis upon getting through life by “thinking” all the time, one automatically avoids the absolute necessity to “feel”  life as well.

Feelings are the instinctive force within every living creature.  Instinct is a natural state of “feeling”.  If humans were able to truly “feel” more in life,  then they wouldn´t have to keep searching for that something which is apparently missing in their lives.  All of the wisdom  of our universe is buried deep within every living soul.  One really doesn´t need to go searching the never-ending, vast spectrum of the universe.  All of its secrets are to be found within every living soul – especially the souls of humans.

MM-Avatar       Wow, that´s fantastic Sir W.!  All  the answers to life lay waiting within each individual.  You wouldn´t believe it by looking at them would you.  Human beings only need to discover the beauty of THEIR TRUE SELF and hey presto – their lives get sweeter!

SW-Avatar       Well that seems to be the problem Mr. Midnight.  As oppose to other creatures on the planet human beings  generally avoid displaying any deep signs of  “feeling” – especially when they are  in public.  I think it´s because they feel that they could get hurt in some way.

MM-Avatar       They don´t seem to have much of a problem when they want to display their negative emotions and feelings or their  positive emotions when they visit a sporting event, such as when at a  football match when the players kiss one another when scoring a goal.

SW-Avatar       Although I´m not into human dictatorship philosophy, if I was President of the Planet, I would make it a rule that everybody must own a stamp album.  That way, the poor human race would be able to calm down and be forced to relax a little.

I am, only joking of course!    Humour is also one of the special ingredients for happiness.  Please don´t lose your humour as well!

MM-Avatar       Poor things, they must be scared to death.  They obviously do not trust themselves. They are always suffering aren´t they.

If they could only tap into their “feeling modus” more often and leave their “thinking caps” at home once in a while they would be amazed at the results.  Their long onward searching journey would come to a sudden end and then they could just be happy – by “being” and “feeling”.

SW-Avatar       Doors would suddenly open-up and they would eventually discover true empathy, satisfaction in life, compassion and love in  forms they never thought possible.

MM-Avatar       Do you think daddy is going to open the kitchen door Sir W. because my tummy´s rumbling again.  It must be because of all those thoughts about feeling.   🙂

SW-Avatar       If it makes you happy, I´m sure daddy will find a snack for you.


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The path of least resistance

DSCN0674       Are you sure you can manage Mr. Midnight?   The whole idea seems barmy and far  too  precarious for my liking.

MM-Avatar      If you could just pipe down for a second I would be able to concentrate better.  It´s not easy you know.

SW-Avatar       I can see that.  You wouldn´t get me up there at this hour in the morning.  The fence keeps swaying from side to side.  Don´t fall down!

MM-Avatar        I won´t fall down if you kindly refrain from distracting me.


Sir Winston could understand the fun in wanting to walk along the top of the fence but he couldn´t understand why Mr. Midnight had chosen to do it on such a windy day.  The wood panel fence looked rather flimsy and was obviously, not very stable.


SW-Avatar       Well done Mr. Midnight, you´ve nearly reached the other side. Just watch you don´t knock those low lying branches with your tail.  They could spring back and catch you unawares!


Mr. Midnight ignored Sir Winstons wise words.  If Sir Winston could do it any better then why doesn´t  he have a go, he thought to himself.  At that exact moment he then reached the otherside of the fence and he sprang onto the low roof of the garden shed.


MM-Avatar       There you go Sir W.  Easy peasy pudding and pie!  I made it.

SW-Avatar       Well it looked a lot of fun but why you had to go and take such a difficult path to get to the shed I´ll never know.  You could have just trotted over the lawn and sprang up onto the rain barrel next to the shed.  It would have been a lot easier.

MM-Avatar       Why does everything have to be easy in life?

It´s more fun taking the “high road” than the low and the view from the top of the fence is a lot better than if I went across the green stuff.  The fence is so narrow and scary but the feat made me feel alive.

SW-Avatar       You often appear to take the narrowest path in life and the fence is indeed, very narrow.

MM-Avatar       Habitually, humans tend to take the wide and fast road in life. That´s why they seem to develop so slowly.  They believe they haven´t any time to lose and  usually prefer to take what is believed to be the “easiest path” in life.

SW-Avatar       You mean the path of least resistance?

I´ve often noticed that with humans.  They seem to believe that if they can cut corners  then  they will reach their goals more satisfyingly.

MM-Avatar       Which I believe is a load of codswallop.

The easiest path just gets you to where ever you want to go that much faster. It doesn´t necessarily mean that one has understood or  mastered the task at hand. The easy path just means that one reaches ones goal by putting in as little effort as possible,  which although appearing logical, will not always be the best path.

A line from my favourite music band, Depeche Mode, states that “the narrowest path is the holiest”

SW-Avatar       Well there´s certainly a lot of holes in that fence Mr. Midnight. You´d think daddy would get it sorted wouldn´t you.

MM-Avatar       I don´t mean the fence Sir W.

If people take the path of least resistance then they aren´t going to learn very much in life are they.   I mean, one has to put time and effort into something to properly understand its real meaning and to gain  genuine satisfaction.

If one takes the path of least resistance, at the end of the day, that easiest path may in actual fact, have been the steepest.  It´s easy to be lazy and convenient early on in life but when in ones twilight years,  that trodden so-called “easier path” may in fact,  turn out to be the hardest path ever taken.

SW-Avatar       So you´re saying that “the path of least resistance” is in actual fact, possibly the path with the most resistance?

MM-Avatar       I think to a certain extent,  you have it in a nutshell.  The easiest path is possibly  only the easiest at the beginning.   It´s  sometimes better to  hit the harder road and to do ones homework properly than to try and cut corners in life.

SW-Avatar       Perhaps that´s why many humans tend to  get very ill in their later years.  It´s not because of their bodies getting older but because of their convenient habits and attitudes of yesteryear.

Poor things. You have to feel sorry for them don´t you.

MM-Avatar       That´s why I wanted to walk the narrow ledge of the fence.  It was a challenge and I´ve gained experience.  It would have been easy to run across the soft, green stuff to get to the shed.  Where´s all the excitement in that?

SW-Avatar       I suppose you´re right Mr. Midnight.

Although sometimes,  life can be quite  tiring,  it´s often worth the effort to occasionally take a challenge in which to discover the real secrets of life.

I think I´ll have a go now.  I may be a bit heavier and more cumbersome than you are Mr. Midnight, but that´s all part of the challenge isn´t it.

Make way for Sir Winston, the incredible, balancing  Black Forest cat!


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