We Live Nine Lives
I was thinking about the phrase recently, “cats have nine lives.”
It seems we too can go through nine lives, or more, in our lifetime. Consider that each time we have a significant experience, it changes us in some way. How many times do we actually have a major life event? More than you realize….
They can include becoming an adult, getting married, having children, the start of a career, the end of a job, beginning a new job, a promotion to a new position at work, a divorce, a health crisis, an accident, a recovery, the loss of a loved one. The list goes on….
Thinking back on the trials and tribulations is it not true that you have landed back on your feet through each transition?
Where you are today is because of where you have been, and as a result, you are a different person. At the core, you are the same person with the same values and personality. But, you are now making contrasting decisions with new perspectives and possibly better choices.
We learn from each experience, leaving behind a piece of ourselves replaced with a stronger, wiser version. Each new life is an opportunity and in some ways a gift.
An ancient proverb claims, “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays.”
Human life runs the same pattern. For the first three lives, we are in the playground, building and going from one activity to the next. We may slide, spin, swing or run around. There is a sense of freedom and joy, just enjoying the momentum of living. Something happens at a crossroad from the play period to the stray period.
The next three lives we may stray from what we intuitively know, the knowledge we have gained and what we learned in the first three lives. We may get knocked down, once, twice, maybe three times or more. Endurance is our best friend and engaging the will to push forward with resilience is the power to get us through these lives. Getting thrown off track creates distress and a drive to course correct.
For the final three lives, we are now on the last leg of our life journey. We can look back in hindsight, see the path we have forged and can chuckle at the lives we have lived thus far, and the miracles that we have landed on our feet time and time again. Now, we can stay grounded and live more in the moment because we have experienced life’s curveballs, moved on to joy with the ultimate goal of inner peace. We have learned to love life as it has presented itself keeping in mind there are only a few lives left in us before we take our last breath.
We live nine lives….