While some might just see two cats randomly staring in different directions from their perches on chairs, others might see an allegory for life. In today’s photo in the Cats Gallery Page-A-Day® calendar, the tabby on the left looks forward, while the fluffy orange kitty on the right looks backward in the opposite direction.
So it is true with humans. Some of us tend to be very forward looking, always pondering what’s to come, and projecting ourselves into the future. Others, however, tend to obsess over the past, residing in the nostalgic mental space of memories. A rarer breed are those that live squarely in the present (at least most of the time)! Living in the present can be difficult to achieve, and requires excellent focus and supreme mindfulness—skills that take development and practice. Perhaps that’s why there isn’t a cat staring sideways into the present.
If this cat-life allegory in photograph form has you on a philosophical train of thought, here are some quotes inspired by and about our feline friends to celebrate Meow Monday.
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” – Ernest Hemingway
(Photo from Flickr, credit: City of Toronto)
“Time spent with a cat is never wasted.” – Colette
“No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.” – Abraham Lincoln
(Photo from Flickr, credit: Cliff)
“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” – Jules Verne
“To err is human, to purr is feline.” – Robert Byrne
“What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing of the origin and destiny of cats?” – Henry David Thoreau
“Are cats strange animals or do they so resemble us that we find them curious as we do monkeys?” – John Steinbeck
Which Page-A-Day® cat calendar is right for you?