Friday, July 8, 2011
Like Drama-Cattle Chewing Their SCUD
Today is SCUD (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama) Day. (As if I could invent this stuff! You can look it up.) This is obviously another of those human "holidays" intended to divert attention constantly given to the daily human "tragedy" of ordinary living. People suffer a daily misperception that their lives are full of drama and its attending heartache. I hate to tell my people friends this, but the drama is all in your heads. Sure, folks must endure actual hardships and difficulties--this is life on earth we're talking about, after all, and a little rain does fall in everyone's lives--but how we perceive these events, and, particularly, how we choose to react to them largely determines our happiness and peace of mind.
Which Will You Choose to Wear?
We felines are masters at savoring the humor and jettisoning the drama. We just don't sweat stuff. There are things--mostly human behavior--that irritate us and make us stressed-out, but we know what to do to quickly alleviate those negative feelings and return to our almost constant state of general contentment and enjoyment of life's adventures. Humans should pay closer attention to cats on this point. Even slobberdogs maintain an overall optimistic worldview, largely because they want to please and be of service to others (primarily humans, although that logic escapes moi).
Listen, drama queens or kings. If you've got your three square meals a day, lots of furry (or actual, breathing) meeses (could be laser meeses) to chase about, and plenty of comfortable places to snooze, then life is pretty darn grand. Forget the drama already! Lounge in the sun and get a belly rub (if you like that sort of thing) or get scratched between the ears (who doesn't like a head scratch?)
The entire drama thing is a consequence of an increasingly self-absorbed, narcissistic human society. Narcissism is fine for felines--we are, quite rightly, the center of any universe--but it makes sloppy kitty caregivers out of people. Instead of focusing unnecessary attention on their own lives, people should put the attention where it belongs: on us cats.
Savoring humor is the true strength of today's SCUDness. There is much to laugh about in everyday life, and not all of it involves Scowl-Face. Cats don't laugh like humans, but we do find much amusement, and we have our own ways of displaying our reaction to humor. Watch closely, and you will see.
Meanwhile, be a SCUDder. Like drama cattle chewing their SCUD (see, even bad puns can make you smile a little), we should all look to the brighter side of our daily grinds. Sleeping helps enormously. Time for a nap.
Cauli Le Chat
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P.S. There are loads of stress songs, or songs about drama types. I can think of three alone by Billy Joel: "Prelude/Angry Young Man" (from the 1976 album Turnstiles), "Pressure" (from the 1982 album The Nylon Curtain), and "I Go to Extremes" (from the 1989 album Storm Front). Any videos? Naturally.