Archive for April 17th, 2007

Poesie Quotidienne – Cats and Mice

Sam and I were talking about cats the other day, wondering how to characterize their apparent delight in torturing creatures smaller than themselves. We agreed that to human sensibilities, it looks diabolic. Imagine a cat wavering between rapt attention and boredom as it bats a mouse back and forth between its paws. Chasing the mouse into various places from which it cannot escape, just to watch it run. Alternately preventing and enabling the mouse’s escape; all in the interest of an afternoon’s diversion. Occasionally nibbling slightly on the mouse to make it run differently, more interestingly.

Torture, right?

But I’m always suspicious of the inclination to project very human emotions and perceptions onto animals, in an attempt to universalize the normalcy of the human experience.

In his pithy way, Sam cut my philosophizing short when he wondered aloud… “Maybe cats want pets too?”

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Ambient Inspiration I

“Lead with your body and your heart will follow”

I like this idea, as it gently debunks the notion that the only ideas worth following are the ones that are accompanied by a warm and fuzzy feeling of happy certainty. In fact, when I think back on some of the times that intuition has worked most strongly in my life, it generally announced itself with considerably different emotions – ambivalence, dread, fear, nausea, occasionally even apathy. This is, I think, because my intuition is least mistakable when it’s urging me to do something out of my ordinary. And yet, when I followed, I rarely regretted the decision. Most (though not all) of the time, I was delighted beyond anything I could have imagined.

A similar saying that I’ve always loved: “when you pray move your feet.”

I think the two combined make for a powerful reminder indeed:

Desire doesn’t have to come from your heart to be true – sometimes it comes from the head and feels more like homework.

Whether it feels like desire or homework, articulating the desire is important, as is taking physical action.

Finally, if you lead with your body, you greatly increase your chances of feeling genuine enthusiasm and seeing results.

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