Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Cat Makes Me See From a Different Perspective

Sometimes when my cat does something annoying, I'll lift him in the air above my head. This keeps him out of the way of whatever he was getting into, and gives me a minute to look him in the eye while he can't get away.

Of course, sometimes I think he doesn't really get that he's in trouble, because he'll just start looking around the room like "Oh, so this is what it looks like from up here."

If you have a cat, do you notice them doing that? My cat is also the kind who will lie doen on a chair (or the top of my couch) and flip his head upside down, then stare at me. You know how freaky it is looking at upside down eyes, don't you? I always wondered why he did that, but I really do think my cat just likes seeing the world from different points of view.

This does make sense, however. I just watched Dead Poet's Society again for the first time in forever, and of course the best part is when that one shy kid gets up on his desk and cries out "Oh Captain, my captain!" He was showing that he will see the world differently, not just the way that he's being taught to do.

So let's all take a lesson from my cat today... or from Robin Williams, whichever is easier for you. Stand on a chair today. Walk down a different side of the street. Do something just a little bit different. And look at the world around you. You just might see it in a whole new way.


  1. I used to lay on the couch with my head hanging off backwards. Ok - I was 8 at the time and much smaller than now, so logistically it worked... I would imagine the house upside down and wonder how to get to the main floor from the upstairs which was really the downstairs now. And what I'd do with all the furniture that had suddenly fallen to the ceiling. Kind of a Poseidon adventure of my own...

  2. my kitty loves to climb, and one of her favorite perches has always been on top of the fridge. it can be quite startling sometimes :)

  3. Seeing life from a different perspective can be enlightening!


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