Ugly the Cat: A Story About Unconditional Love


There’s a story  circling the Internet that may be true or may be a terrific parable. Either way, it makes for a good lesson in unconditional love and acceptance.

The story of Ugly the Cat is not a new one; references date back to at least 2009. It is a heartbreakingly sad story about an unwanted and abused cat that does what feral animals do to survive. I’m sharing it because Ugly’s story still clings to me after reading it a few days ago.

Personally, I hope the story is cleverly disguised as a major life lesson about unconditional love and acceptance. My animal lover’s heart can’t bear to think of any creature enduring deliberate harm; I want to cover my ears and repeat the “la la la la” refrain.

And yet the story must be told.

Ugly’s story

(Warning: Contains graphic descriptions.)

Our stories

Here’s a question: Where do you see yourself in the story? Do you think you’re the guy who held Ugly at the end or are you one of the crowd that throws rocks? Maybe you feel like Ugly, like nobody really understands you.

Honestly, there are days when I feel like Ugly, days when all I want to do is curl up in someone’s arms and surrender. On those days, I’m trying my hardest to get someone–anyone!–to merely validate my existence.

Other days, I’m the person who becomes outraged over the injustice of treating a living being with such deplorable disregard.

There are times when I’m even part of the masses that commits the atrocities, or perhaps worse, looks on and says nothing while the inhumanity plays out in front of me. Thankfully, I haven’t been that person in a very long time.

Who do you want to be?

“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

I don’t know about you, but I refuse to play it safe. So what if you get scarred and scabbed from living the adventures in your life, like Ugly did? Can you trust that someone will be there to make things better?

I believe in the inherent goodness in people.

I have faith in humanity. One day, we’ll stop hurting ourselves by with our proverbial hoses and rocks.

In the meantime, continue to give yourself permission to live joyously and with no boundaries.  Open wide to the idea that appearances are poor misperceptions of the way something or someone really is.

Unless you have the ability to slip behind another’s skin, then you don’t know what it’s like to be him or her.

Lighten up and love everyone! You don’t necessarily need to like them, but showing them respect and unconditional love will do you a world of good.

Become more like Ugly and watch your life change for the better!

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