(The title is adapted from Eckart Tolle’s book The Power of Now.)
Animals are such great teachers. Observe how they genuinely understand and respect nature, never taking more than they need, not squabbling unnecessarily over things which are of no real importance.
Cats, for example, are very peaceful creatures. Like other animals, they are very protective of their young.
The description catty, often applied to quarrelsome women, does not do cats any justice at all.
On the other hand, feline grace when describing a person’s movement is undeserved by humans whose most graceful maneuvers will always pale by comparison.
Sadly, humans use animal names as derogatory descriptive references: sly as a fox, strutting like a peacock, hording like a packrat, eating like a pig, not-to-be trusted snake, and the frequently used comparison, crab mentality. Described as not wanting others to succeed or to get ahead, this human mindset references crabs in a bucket that pull down other crabs to prevent them getting out. It is an assumption made by a human about why crabs in a bucket behave that way. How about trying a crab’s perspective?
Without a voice, misunderstood, and sometimes mistreated by humans, animals continue to tolerate and even love our specie.
Perhaps their role is to show us humans about natural laws, caring for mother earth, sharing, and unconditional love.