Clive, my 23-pound tabby hunk of feline love, teaches me life lessons every day. I thought it was high time I shared his words with you.
I, Clive the Cat, hear my parents often say that I am more like a dog. I think they may be right, because I follow them around everywhere. I can’t help it! I love being with them! Well, I like to sleep and eat, but when I am awake and fed, I’m wherever they are.
I go to the productive places. My mommy’s laptop is always on her lap when she is home because she has much to do to write everything that I say and to finish her other writing and editing work. But, I always jump right between her lap and her hands. If she doesn’t stop to play with me. I push those black buttons and type for myself.
I go to the yummy places. If my parents are eating, I sit on the floor beside the dining room table. I usually put my front paws on the side of one of my parent’s chairs. I know that if I am too aggressive—if I jump onto their chairs or onto the table, I will get a spanking. It’s a much better strategy for me to play cute and let out a gentle meow. Then, they will likely share a bite of something yummy with me. But if I try to get something for myself from the table, I usually don’t get anything—except for a running start down the hall to try to escape punishment from my daddy.
I go to the scary places. Sometimes my parents eat outside on the patio. It is scary and loud because of the large moving objects around us. My parents call them cars and trucks. I call them monsters. There are even louder monsters in the sky, because we live near an airport. I gently tiptoe outside with my back curled ready to recoil if necessary. I always stay hidden under one of my parent’s chairs, but it’s worth being scared to be near them.
I go to the stinky places. I even follow my parents to the bathroom, and I sit on my mom’s or dad’s feet. They try to close the door to keep me out, but it doesn’t shut all the way, so I bust in. If they do close a door, I howl until they come to open it.
I go to the loving places. I go to the couch where my parents sit and snuggle and wedge myself between them. If they are laying down watching a movie, I get to jump up and watch it with them. If they are loving each other as a married couple, they don’t notice me for a while, but I know they will eventually pet me again!
Applications for relationships and business: Do you occasionally show the people that you love them with dog-like enthusiasm? Make it a point to be obvious about your feelings of affection—at least once in a while. Everyone needs that kind of attention from time to time!
In business, where are your customers? You may have to go to where they are—and, just like Clive, you may have to go outside of your comfort zone to be in the place that may benefit you the most.
Spiritual insights: Just like cat owners can’t get away from a cat that is a people cat, you can’t away from a people-loving God. I love that God pursues me so intently with the words and images He shows me through His Word. I love that Jesus came to be with people on earth so that He could be where they were, to reconcile them to a Holy God. Oh, how He loves and wants to be with all those He created! I also believe that God is a gentleman and will pursue anyone who wants to be open to know Him. If you want a deeper spiritual journey or if you want to know about Jesus Christ, read—or dig deeper—into the Bible.
Loral, Clive’s mom, in addition to being everywhere Clive is, is a professional writer and editor who helps authors and businesses get whatever message is in their heads out to their target audiences. If you need help crafting a creative campaign, evaluating your content or completing a book, blog or other materials, check out her services at cowriterpro.com.