It’s so interesting what we can learn from our furry four-legged friends. This past week I was taking care of a friend’s cat, George. George is 15, not bad in cat years. He is a gentle soul who loves to lounge around and play with his kitty toys. One night he wasn’t acting like himself. He didn’t want to play and just wanted to lie his bed.

So, the next morning I took George to the vet. Nothing striking about the story and don’t worry George is fine. But what I did notice, is how many people asked me, “How did you know George wasn’t feeling well? Did he tell you?” And then a big smile.

Well, actually, I realize how much of our communication is nonverbal. George didn’t need to speak human to let me know that he wasn’t feeling well. Likewise, a stranger can tell my stance with my smile and my posture and conversely – my look of worry or fear can change the whole situation.

So the next time you’re having trouble finding the right words, let your nonverbal cues share how you’re feeling… or pay attention to others cues. We are all part of the same tribe and belonging is universal. So please let others know if you’re not feeling well, if you are happy or if you just need a break. We’ll be watching for cues and listening for that sweet purrrr.

Leanne Rubenstein 
Compassion Cultivator
Compassionate Atlanta

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