Why Cats Make Goals and Not New Year’s Resolutions

Did you know over 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail? Most within days and yet humans are fool enough to keep repeating the annual exercise in futility.  If resolutions were stock in a company, their ROI would cause bankruptcy. We need to take a lesson from our cats.  Cats are far too clever to fall for the humiliation of epic fails. If cats really wanted to make a resolution, they’d succeed because of their feline secret sauce: focus and motivation. If humans could harness the same ability to sit with laser focus on a mouse hole, still as a stone for hours like a cat, they’d lose weight, run a marathon or ditch their loser boyfriend.

No, cats do not and will not make any New Year’s resolutions. They don’t have to. Why fix something not broken? Most cats exude a confidence worthy of emulating.  Just watch them walk with their tail high all la dee da. They don’t judge their habits as good or bad. They have no issue with any of their behavior until a human yells at them or worse.  They don’t think they smell bad and or look overweight no matter how poochy their belly is. Oh nooooo, you and I might prefer hide behind a curtain than show off a jelly belly, but a cat will roll over and luxuriate, look at my floofy yum belleh slaves. Uh huh.

Cats are clever enough to rule the online and offline worlds. Hello, some cats on Instagram get 30,000 likes in an L.A, minute or if you’re Taylor Swift’s cat Olivia, a  cool million+ likes on ONE photo. That’s right. Over a million.
Cats if anything have goals. Our boys opt for #2. our princess has selected #1 and are in collusion with a cat (maybe yours?) for #3.



Now for the serious stuff. Huge purrs of thanks for helping me realize some of my goals. 2015 was a wild ride I could not have imagined on new year’s eve 2014.  Success, failure, illness, death, near death, stress, success, stress, joy, stress, repeat.

 At times, I felt un-moored, floundering in a permanent state of exhaustion I wouldn’t wish on my cattiest enemy. It’s not easy to create something out of nothing, to feel the life and love of those close to me slipping away inch by inch. At the end of every day, I wonder if I’ll find Merlin or my mother or my marriage dead in the morning. I wonder if I’ll fall flat on my face for someone’s schadenfreude glee. I wonder who my real friends are. No, actually I do know that much, but not much else except how fragile and tenuous life is.

I’ve made no resolutions for 2016 but I have one goal: to make a big difference in the lives of cats and those who love them. I feel blessed to usher in the new year with Merlin (pictured below with the wisest words and hidden message). Thank-you and may 2o16 be the year you reach a meaningful goal.

If you could use a little hope, I have a gift for you at my other blog I made it for two friends who make my crazy life look like one of Merlin’s picnics. I call it a manifesto for an inspiring new year.


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30 thoughts on “Why Cats Make Goals and Not New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. No resolutions here either. Maybe hopes or dreams but nothing else. Goals sound good, but even a goal becomes a difficulty sometimes.

    I loved the poem on the other site…. I needed that this evening.

    Thank you Layla , and all of the furs.

  2. We love the ideas of goals, not resolutions. Thank you so much for your friendship, which we treasure. Wishing you all a year filled with happiness, health and joy. Love to you all.

  3. No resolutions fur us either. Our goal is to take it all one second, one minute, one day at a time. Chew it in small bites and it becomes much easier to swallow. We understsnd the stress of hard times all to well. Loss seems to be our constant companion for many years now but we know that for every loss there will be a new beginning, a new life that intertwines with ours. The world goes on and we either go with it or we stop and the night becomes a permanent thing. The glory of a new sunrise always pulls us out of the night and into the hope of a new day.
    We send our love and purrs and prayers and wishes for hope, peace, love, health and new beginnings to all.
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo & the Angels >^..^^..^<~

  4. Happy New Year! That poem is one of Mommy’s faves. She loves Tolkien! No resolutions here, either. Mommy sets intentions. Here’s to a great 2016!

  5. We don’t make resolutions in our house. Mommy sez she twies to be a better purrson and help others everyday, so she dusn’t need to remind hersslef to do dat wiff a resolution. Good luck wiff yous purrojects.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  6. Haha, I’m not brave enough to show my jelly belly like kitties do 🙂
    I love the idea of making goals instead of resolutions. I sure hope you reach your goal for 2016. Happy New Year!!

  7. guys….frank lee…we each haza list oh ……rest a two shunz,,,,,, all reddy made up…. 🙂

    N we made one FOR de food servizz gurl az well …her doez knot noe it yet tho ~~ ♥♥♥

    A most happee healthee new yeer two ewe all, heerz two an emperor bream……hillstreet loach…..kinda week oh end !!! ♥♥♥

  8. We’re not big fans of resolutions, but it’s good to have goals so you know what direction you’re headed. We can’t wait to hear what you’re working on in the new year. It sounds like you have some really exciting things coming up! Happy New Year!

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