Eleven years ago today, a cute litter of fluffy kittens was born. One of them turned out to be disabled, and it was thought he wouldn’t live to see his first birthday.
But he grew up to be a wise and beautiful soul, who brought joy and laughter to our lives for many years.
I wrote a blog post about him when he passed away eight years later. I’m reposting this new version on the day he would have turned 11. Not so much as an emotional memorial – although he most certainly merits one, and much more than that too.
But because of the lessons he taught us and the wisdom he had to share. All of it is worth remembering and spreading in the wider world.
So ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you: Boas, a shining example of pure joy, sheer positivism and unwavering happiness <3
A difficult start
A couple of weeks after his birth, it became clear that Boas had severe disabilities. He wasn’t growing as fast as the rest of the litter. His legs were too short. And everything in life seemed to be a struggle. Even something as basic as sitting up straight was a gigantic task for him.
It looked as if he was the cat equivalent of a human with Down Syndrome.
His brothers were much too wild for him. He could never keep up with their rough playfulness. Fortunately for him though, he also had a sister. And she took good care of him.
This only sister of his was destined to come to our home. When we saw her little brother, we fell in love. And although the breeder deemed Boas to be “technically unfit” to be sold, they did trust us (and his sister) to be the best possible option for his survival.
Learning to be a cat
When he grew up, his sister was his role model. By emulating her, he learned everything a kitten needs to know. Where the food is. How to groom yourself. How to use the litter tray. How to get on that huge scratching post. And even how to get down again, safely.
Later on, in his adolescent life, our big and powerful male cat taught him how to be a “proper man”. Sitting on the fence to watch over your domain, for instance. Or jumping onto the roof of the shed.
But there was one thing he figured out all by himself: how to make peace with virtually everyone.
When the whole world is your friend
Most cats enjoy being cuddled. And Boas was no exception. He perfected what we called the Boas flop. He’d walk up to you and then suddenly flop over, lying half on his back and half on his side, with his front paws folded, inviting you to rub his belly.
But he was more than just a fluffy, cuddly teddybear. He was a Buddha and a Gandhi. He radiated pure love and friendship.
To some, he may have appeared bold and fearless. Like when he would walk up to a dog several times his own size. But it was simply that the concept of aggression was unknown to him.
The thought of being mean to anyone was alien to him. And so it never even occurred to him that anyone would want to be mean to him.
And it worked!
What he gave to others, he received in return. Time and time again, he succeeded in being friends with anyone who crossed his path: people, cats, rabbits, dogs.
It didn’t matter who you were to Boas. He just wanted to be friends with you. And everyone wanted to be friends with Boas.
In Boas’ eyes, the world was nothing but Love and Light. So I’m sure the Afterlife feels very familiar to him.
Boas didn’t judge. Boas hugged.
Every problem could be solved with a hug, it seemed.
Even in his final days on Earth, he remained a shining example of grace and dignity through love. His kidneys were failing fast. He had a catheter sticking out of his backside, dripping urine all the time. He had to wear one of those big plastic collars to keep him from pulling the catheter out. The cat version of hell on earth, you could say.
But all throughout that time, he never despaired. He was positive, loving and cuddly as always. Even in his final moments he still succeeded in bringing a smile to your face.
He knew his physical end had come. But he didn’t fear death. Why should he have? His life had always been one big celebration of joy and friendship. And now he was going to a place where there was even more of that!
Lessons from a feline buddha
What you give to the world, is exactly what the Universe gives you in return.
Boas gave love and friendship. Freely and without expecting anything in return. He gave those things because his heart told him it was the right and natural thing to do.
And love and friendship is what he always got in return.
Forget all the so-called rules and traditions. Especially when your heart tells you they’re wrong.
Boas never thought twice about who he should or shouldn’t give his love to. He simply walked up to you, signalled his love to you and invited you to open up your heart and let your own love flow in return.
Because he knew how good it feels when love flows from your heart. In rich abundance and without your mind getting in the way.
He was a brilliant embodiment of what the New Age stands for. Love ruled his heart. Love for every life form.
It’s no coincidence he passed away two weeks after the arrival of the New Age (remember 21 December 2012 ?). His task here was done.
Adieu, sweet Boas. Thank you for showing us how it’s done. And for spreading a bit of love and happiness in this world.