I’m not going to start into some long comparison of cats and dogs and people with ADHD.
Actually, I think I already did that once already. You know, dogs are easily distracted and seem to be thinking twenty different things at once, and cats are … well, maybe cats are more like normans, normal humans.
But dogs and cats have some other things going on that I’d like to note. I want to bring those things to the public’s attention because I think they might be things we should consider in our everyday lives.
Lets start with dogs. They never seem to be at a loss for an activity, even if it’s taking a nap. And that sounds like us, at least it sounds like me. I got stuff on the go all the time.
But unlike a dog, I’m constantly worrying about what I’m forgetting, what I’ve left undone, whether I should be doing the thing I’m doing right now.
And for the life of me, I can’t remember a time when that worry or wonder ever did me any good. It seems to me that the few times I’ve clued in to the fact that I should have been doing something else, that occurred when I had decided everything was just fine and I had relaxed my worrying mind.
Now dogs, they seem to be completely untroubled. I rarely see a dog worrying, unless it’s worrying about how to get at the food that’s on the table that it knows it shouldn’t touch, in a way that would be perfectly all right and acceptable ….
So my idea is, if we are to take a lesson from dogs, we should just stop worrying. The unstressed mind is more likely than the stressed one, to realize that something isn’t right, right?
Now cats are a different story. They sometimes run like mad fools around the house pretending that you are the hunter and they are the hunted. But they know full well that, even if that were true, you, as the hunter, are a joke. Beyond that, they exude poise and dignity, even when they run to the kitchen because they heard the can opener.
They’re never embarrassed by their actions, the idea that they can be made to behave a certain way by hearing a particular sound is taken in stride and mitigated by the aloof air they adopt that says in no uncertain terms “I behave like this because I choose to, not because I have no other choice!”
But every now and then, a cat will make a mistake. Jumping from a table to a counter and discovering that the tablecloth will not give their claws enough purchase to make that distance comes to mind.
And when that happens, does the cat hide in embarrassment? Not usually. And never for long if it does. It puts on its cat mask and looks you in the eye and says (using mental telepathy of course) “I tried. I failed. I still did better than you. You didn’t even try. … And now the subject is closed!”
This seems to me to be a very good attitude to adopt. The next time you feel you’re being judged because of your ADHD symptoms, put on your best cat mask and loudly proclaim to any and all: “You know what? I have a million things going on in my mind. And I still showed up and put my shoulder to the wheel. I tried. I failed. I still did better than you. What did you do? And now, the subject is closed!”
Just remember to proclaim this to them all … telepathically, ‘kay? I’ll hear you.
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Last reviewed: 18 Jan 2014