Back in August of 2011 I wrote an article entitled, “Chinese Symbol for Crisis.“ For those who are unfamiliar with the Chinese symbol for crisis and what it depicts, its symbol combines two figures, two key elements:
DANGER and OPPORTUNITY
I was reminded of these two elements, danger and opportunity, when I saw this picture:
But I also saw something more, a third element. Trust.
Trust on the part of the kitten. (And more importantly, in my opinion, Trust on the part of the dog: Trusting himself to know he will not harm the kitten.)
Perhaps you’re thinking the kitten doesn’t know any better. He’s just along for the ride and whatever happens will happen. But I disagree. See, I don’t believe it’s part of an animal’s nature to automatically trust. Especially not trust the larger animal with the big teeth exposed. It’s all part of a much bigger instinct called Survival.
Yet here, in this young kitten’s life, a bond has already formed. He feels the warmth and gentleness of the good-natured canine being he clings to. What could be seen as a crisis, is not. It’s simply Trust. And love, too.
Crisis = Danger + Opportunity
Trust = Love
Love = Trust
(And even if an equal sign isn’t 100% accurate, 100% of the time, Trust and Love go hand-in-hand. That much I know for sure.)
Enough said. From me, at least. Please feel free to comment and share. I just love the learning and growing we do together.