On October 9th, 2010 I adopted a six month old kitten named Tommy, okay, he wasn’t really from the docks but he was a rescue from somewhere in Queens, NY.
I immediately nicknamed him T Bone.
I had him for just about 11 months and I learned a lot from this very cool cat, simply by observing his normal routine.
Whether it was chasing a bug and batting it down or tossing around a fake mouse or chasing a red laser light, he just knew what to do. Okay, so maybe the latter two didn’t make him look too bright, but you get the point.
What intrigued me the most is how he knew how to cover his mess in the litter box, and then I found this during one of my curious Internet searches:
“A cat doesn’t need to be taught what to do with a litter box. The only thing you need to do is provide an acceptable, accessible litter box. It is not recommended that you take a cat to the box and move his paws back and forth in the litter.”
This behavior was inherent and natural for T Bone.
Why is it that we humans don’t always follow our instincts? You know that “gut feeling” that immediately gives you the correct answer to a question on a test or a while watching a game show?
Well, what may be one of our most tremendous blessings, is also a bit of a curse.
We possess the ability to THINK.
T Bone never stopped and said “wait, should I chase this bug, what if I get bit?” Or “What if I fall off of the terrace chasing it?” No, he did not, instead, he just went for it.
Have you ever said the following?
- I knew I should have _____
- Why didn’t I ____?
- Man I just had a feeling that ____
This can very often lead to regret, in small amounts that are forgotten quickly or large ones that last a lifetime. I don’t think T Bone had any regrets. And because of his instincts, he never took on more than he could chew, including the over sized mouse on a string that was practically bigger than his head. He knew he could conquer it, in his heart, he knew.
And so do we. We know in our hearts that we too can conquer, if we would only trust our gut. In fact, if we did not know, if it were incorrect, if it was unsafe, we could not get that gut feeling leading us down the correct path now could we? No, that’s why your gut can never steer you wrong.
Follow Your Heart
While in nursing school my Mother had a day long session on test taking. While she was telling me about it, there were two things that were taught that stood out to me.
- Always trust your first instinct.
- Do not go back and change your answers.
In other words . . . don’t think!
We need to learn to follow our instincts. It it the guiding light to a better life.
And don’t worry. If you worry, it’s even harder to trust your gut. Worry all too often brings with it negativity, strife and dissension. It becomes a cloud that blurs your vision. You might be able to recall a time that you made a rash decision because of the emotional state you were in. That was not instinct, that was impulse.
“Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.” ~Michael Burke
RIP T Bone, daddy loves you!
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer