Why Cats Have 9 Lives

September 27, 2012

Or, why I plan to live more like a cat!


I was raised in an environment of “curiosity killed the cat.”  That being said, my personal philosophy has always leaned more toward the cat having nine lives.  “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” — Zora Neale Hurston   That being said, based upon an assumption that “common practices in medical education may inadvertently suppress curiosity” a medical study was conducted on the subject of curiosity.  The authors, Lawrence Dycheand Ronald M Epstein,  conducted a theory-driven conceptual exploration and qualitative review, and found that curiosity is fundamental to understanding the patient and ultimately it can be said that curiosity can lead to curing illness.

That being said I was hungry for more on the topic, so a quick search engine inquiry using keywords “curiosity and art” exactly as I just typed here in this article brought me over 85 million hits.  The cat was onto something.  Not willing to stop there, I then typed a new keyword search “curiosity and spirituality” and up came near to 4 million hits!

In my own life, those whom I’ve known to be curious are certainly happier.  Case in point?  As I write this my elderly mother is disgusted that I’m “just writing” or as she often puts it “playing with that &**&^% computer again.”  She’d rather just go for ice cream.  (Okay, it’s not on her diet and we have a half-gallon of two flavors in the kitchen, so my curiosity isn’t really stopping her)  So, I ask you.  Does this make you curious?  What does curiosity do for us?

  • We learn more
  • We see the world differently
  • We find cures for illnesses
  • Our spiritual lives are enhanced
  • Our moods improve
  • We think better
  • Seeking leads to finding

It can clearly be said that those of us who are curious can get into trouble as the cliché warned us about the “curiosity killed the cat.”  However, look at the odds.  We were also told the cats have 9 lives.  I’m not a gambler but that tells me looking for more in life (aka being curious) and being unwilling to settle for the merely obvious whether in medicine, in art, in human relationship, and so much . . . is not “idle” at all.  It is vital!

Don’t settle for the way things are.

Don’t settle for “good enough.”

Don’t walk about with blinders on.

Don’t simply get used to “it.”

Open your eyes and give glory to God for all that He has given us!  We were created for more than we settle for!  Get out there and look for it and share it with the world!  Curiosity:  an eager desire to know.  Aren’t you curious about . . . . ???

Out of Focus on Love

August 27, 2011

You know, this is random but you’ll realize that soon . . .  the dictionary – and society – has a poor definition of love in my personal opinion.  It seems to me that both sources of “meaning” present a picture that more closely resembles lust than love. 


I mean, eyes meet across a crowded room – love at first sight?  Okay, sure you can approach and have a relationship and it can become love if you both choose to make it that, but the concept of love at first sight is flawed since two strangers are only attracted initially by curiosity and lust. 


Love is a noun, or as a noun, is something we can have.  We decide to have it.  We work to perfect it.  We give it.  We seek it.  If we are Christians, we are especially called to all these but while it might feel good and often it might not feel all that good, its work.  It’s a lot of work. 


 It makes us step outside of our “all about me” world and put “it” out there and take risk in doing so.  Life becomes entirely different and in my view rises to a higher level when we decide to love and put it, this love, into action. 


It is not, however, initially a feeling or a verb, at all.  It begins as a noun and it’s only what we decide that makes it more than that.  We don’t even have to decide in favor.  I know some who do not choose to live with love as a focus.  I pray for them. 


Do you love what you do?  Does it show?  Do you feel the benefits of having made the decision to love? 


Just random thoughts. . . you know, getting back to the gaze across a crowded room theory . . . we are quick to buy into the concept of “love at first sight” and get all hot and sweaty about a cute stranger . . . sometimes . . . but then other times, we pass judgment and show ourselves to be unwilling to accept anyone who’s “different” from us.


Where’s the “love” when we’re faced with political unrest?  Where it is when we are faced with folks who worship differently than we do?  Dress differently than we do?  Speak a different native tongue than our own? 


Jesus died for them, too.

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