A friend sent me this image of a painting by Lucia Heffernan. After I had finished laughing, I printed it out and put it on my wall. Not because it matched my décor; not because I needed more cat pictures in my study; but because I suddenly saw the profoundness of it.
Here was one very average-looking cat, examining his own reflection, who genuinely saw a tiger in the mirror. At that moment, I wanted to be that cat. I wanted my friends to be that cat. I wanted us all to cultivate that innocent, yet unyielding faith, that we all have an inner tiger. Because I believe that we are all capable of greatness beyond our wildest beliefs. That we can all achieve our dreams if we just go for it. And that despite every message in this world that tells us otherwise, we are on this Earth to become the most awesome version of ourselves possible. Not a ginger domesticated shorthair cat, but a beautiful, fierce and majestic tiger of the forest.
So, what do you see when you look in the mirror? A pussy cat? Or a deeply powerful wild animal, with strong instincts and the strength to survive the harshest winter? A tame, captive creature? Or a worthy inhabitant of this earth, ready to live a free and expansive life?
The choice is up to you.