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Empathy

April 5, 2012

The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.

~Merriam Webster

My Way or the…“Hi, Ray”

Little Ray, the cat, always manages to worm his way into everyone’s heart—human or feline. Moving into a household with three people and seven other cats, he carefully observed each individual and found a way to get along.

Ray’s way of treating others with respect and appreciation always wins. His modus operandi is collaboration, strikingly different than other household cats who push their way to the food bowl or fridge. He’s willing to give and share and demonstrate another road to success.

It’s not to say that Ray’s a wimp. He has certain boundaries (“No, you may not look in my mouth”) along with a generous nature (“Sure, I’ll move so you can have the warm spot”).

Oh, excuse me, priorities are shifting. Ray is rubbing his cheek on the laptop screen.

“Hi, Ray.”

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5 Comments
  1. Oh, I like the sound of Ray. He sounds like an unusual cat actually, which makes me wonder about his past lives… 😉

    Thanks for stopping by to comment on blog. Good luck with the A-Z challenge.

  2. LOL, I’ve always said that in my next life, I’d like to come back as one of my cats! Wherever Ray was, he must have been mighty good, because he’s got a great life this time!

  3. What a great reflection on empathy. You wouldn’t think a little animal brain could experience that emotion. I love cats–but I couldn’t eat seven.

    • Not even fried in onions? We had an office cat, once. He was white and loved to sit on Dave’s black chair (leaving little white hairs all over). He was come back into his office and proclaim, “I love cats. Fried in onions!”

  4. elaaw permalink

    I love the way cats without a word invite us into their quiet world (OK, except for the incessant meowing for breakfast at 6 am!), listening and aware, even while napping. Coming back as a cat, learning the cat way, may be one path to greater empathy and compassion. If so, perhaps this is Ray’s second time around doing the cat thing — it appears he’s brought it to the next level. You may be in the presence of future Zen master … Rayma perhaps?

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