I’ve been giving this some thought and I’ve come to the conclusion that humans have the whole “willpower” thing wrong. Of course, that’s not surprising, since they get so many other things wrong. But when it comes to willpower, it is especially confusing. When a human says they are using “willpower,” they mean they are trying very hard not to do something — so shouldn’t that be WON’Tpower? No wonder they fail all the time when they use willpower! They are actually saying they will, even though they mean they won’t.
Now, being a kitty, I know the real meaning of willpower. Willpower is a very powerful thing. You know that right away because the word “power” is in it. When a cat uses willpower, she is powerfully willing something to happen. We use it all the time. On a small scale, it’s how we get meals, treats and toys — we will it, and it happens. But we also use it for big things, such as when stray kitties find new homes. They will the humans to adopt them, and it happens. We cats are masters of willpower, and any human who lives with any of us will agree.
Humans like to say that cats are willful creatures. It’s true, we are — and we are proud of it. Maybe humans should take a lesson from us. They could accomplish a whole lot more.