Gifts from the Corazon #1 - Be Present


Gifts from the Corazon: Wisdom from a Calico Cat

In November 2017, I adopted a cute, quirky, curious, Calico cat. Because of her heart-shaped markings—and the way she instantly captured my heart—I named her Corazon. Corazon is the Spanish word for heart.

Corazon has been a true gift in my life and has taught me so much over the past year. I’ll be sharing some of her gifts and wisdom in regular installments.

Gift 1 - Be Present.
Corazon is always in the present moment. Animals understand much better than we humans do that the only time we have is right now. This moment is all there is. She is not concerned with thoughts about the past or worries about the future. Felines are natural stalkers and hunters, so Corazon is highly aware of her surroundings at all times. Even when she's lounging or resting, she's paying attention, watching and listening. And she may surprise you with a playful pounce—so stay present!


Corazon demands my undivided attention and very effectively requires me to be present with her. If I am awake and in a room with her and her toys, she expects me to fulfill what she considers to be my number one job—playing with her! If I am working, talking, or looking at my phone, she makes her presence known and reminds me of my duties as her human. With a nibble or a well-placed paw, and surely a meow or two, Corazon guides me back to the awareness that my most important relationship is always with the being who is right in front of me. I am so grateful for this precious gift!