Stroll placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace
there may be in a long tranquil nap. As far as possible, without
being in any way humble, be on good terms with all creatures - with
the obvious exception of dogs.
Meow your desires loudly and clearly and occasionally
listen to others, even your human, for she may be calling you for
dinner. Avoid the company of fleas, they are vexations to both
spirit and body.
Enjoy your achievements - particularly wallpaper
lovingly scratched and pieces of string thoroughly chased. Keep
interest in your career, there will always be a need for good
mousers in the changing fortunes of time.
Be yourself; especially do not feign affection -
except when you need a warm lap to sleep on. Neither be cynical
about the love of cream, for through your charmed and enchanted
existence it is as perennial as the grass it comes from.
Take kindly the council of the years and rejoice in the fact that
you have nine lives.
Nurture arrogance of spirit to shield you from sudden misfortune
such as getting stuck up a tree. But do not distress yourself with
imaginings. Many fears are born out of getting less than twenty
hours sleep in a day. Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle with
yourself and groom yourself frequently.
You are a cat of the universe, so much greater than
humans and dogs; you have a right to be served. And even though you
may sleep through most of it, no doubt the universe is unfolding as
it should. With all its snacks, adventures and peaceful dreams, it
is truly a beautiful world. Be content. Continue to be happy.