5 lessons candles can learn from cats

I’ll admit from the outset that this will be a biased blog post.

I’ve always loved cats.

Which isn’t to say I’m not a dog person. I swoon over puppies too.

But I cannot walk past a cat without stopping to give it a pat. It’s a physical impossibility.

And I think teachers, and indeed most human beings, can learn a lot from these fluffy little felines.

Now for my version…. 5 lessons we can learn from cats:

1. To be selective with our affection.

This translates to being careful who you surround yourselves with in the workplace. Pick colleagues who build you up and keep you passionate and energised, not those who strive to tear you down. https://ateacherislikeacandle.wordpress.com/2020/07/15/the-candles-you-surround-yourself-with/

2. To rest when we need to.

Cats don’t feel guilty about finding a quiet corner to curl up in to take a nap. When they need “me” time for their mental health, they take it. They respect and love themselves enough to know that they have to put their own oxygen masks on first before assisting others.

3. They don’t crave popularity.

Teachers can take a leaf out of cats’ books here by caring less about whether their students and workmates like them and more about what is right and what is good and what is the best outcome for all involved.

4. They stand up for themselves.

Cats know how to pick their battles and if they think something is worth bringing up (with purpose, not impulse https://ateacherislikeacandle.wordpress.com/2020/09/26/speaking-with-purpose-not-impulse/) then they will certainly let you know! Don’t let people take you for granted or treat you like a doormat.

5. To not sweat the small stuff.

You don’t see cats getting worked up over the size of the box you’ve given them to play with, or comparing their box with the boxes of other cats around them. They’ll love and enjoy the hell out of that box, no matter what. They don’t check their emails after hours or allow unresolved issues to stop them from sleeping at night. They live one day at a time, and they don’t spend all of their days on social media.

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