Two cats were walking on a narrow pat towards each other. When they came near one another, neither was willing to let the other pass first. They just stood there screaming at each other.
“You let me pass first,” said one cat.
“No! i was here first,: said the other cat.
“No, i must be first, as i am bigger.”
“No, i must be first, because i am more beautiful.”
“No, i am wiser than you, and you must,therefore, respect me.”
“I am stronger.”
“I have many cats that will hurt you if you do not let me pass.”
And after a while, the screams turned into a fight. The cats started fighting, scratching, and biting each other.
A little while later, a wise cat arrived at the scene. He looked at them and started to laugh.
The two cats stopped fighting and looked at him amazed.
“Why are you laughing?” The cats asked him. “I am laughing at you and your behavior. You are wasting your time and are hurting each other, just because you won’t let the other pass. The path is wide enough for each cat to pass side by side. So why are you fighting? Don’t you have anything better to do?”
“It is a matter of honor and power.” The two cats said.
The wise cat was amused and said, “Do you need to prove you are stronger? Who cares about this?”
“Someone who is really strong and self confident, does not feel the need to show this to others. He or she feels good about himself, and others feel his strength, and respect him with love, not fear.”
“There is life, there is good food, there are wonderful things to enjoy and to do, and you are standing here, facing each other, yelling, scratching, and fighting. Is this practical and rational? Open your eyes and grow up!”
“Is it really important who passes the other side of the path first? Is it worthwhile to have all these scratches and bites? You are wasting your time, energy, and health on nonsense. Look around and see all the other animals laughing at your irrational and immature behavior.”
The two cats were bewildered and did not know what to say. The words of the wise cat made sense, but their programmed behavior and habits were too strong. It was not easy for them to resist them.
Everyone can relate to this story by Remez Sasson. The cats were left to think on their own about what they want to do. The story has multiple facets to look at and learn from; See what you gained out of it other than what has been mentioned.
In life, people tend to get stuck because of their pride and ego. This ego comes in the way of one’s own progress, nobody else’s. By learning that everybody has something special about them and can offer something of value, you will realize that you do not need to pull others down. Taking others along the way will create mutual benefits.
Have you wondered in which part of your life you are stuck in the race of “Am i the best, Am i doing great, Am i better than this person?” Everyone get stuck in this race, may it be at the professional level or the personal level or the comparison of a person’s looks or “this person’s relationship is better than mine” or ” i am better off!” Learn to focus on your targets, your life and you are bound to be happy and see how wonderful your life is!
The wise cat spoke about how one does not need to prove anything to anyone. By taking it further, you will understand that you do not have to prove anything even to yourself. When you do a task to prove something to yourself, you tend to miss out on enjoying and doing the task effectively. You miss out on the experience, the learning, and the success that comes with it.
Keeping in mind these few insights, learn how to focus on yourself while appreciating others.