A lion inside

"Panthera leoP1040181" by Winfried Bruenken (Amrum) - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons -

“Panthera leo” by Winfried Bruenken (Amrum)
Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

“I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up!”Ingrid Bergman

I want to thank Bob Mielke, who visits here often, for the inspiration behind this post.  If you’ve visited Bob’s blog, you have seen his amazing images, including the animal photos that are always a favorite with me.  When I saw his recent post with its wonderful photo of the papa lion and his cub, thought about how humans aren’t born knowing how to be brave, or to roar when a roar or two is needed.

A lot of times, people laugh when I talk about being a shy or scared person.  For some reason, I don’t usually come across that way.  But that’s only because my anger or indignation is almost always stronger than my fear, if I see something that doesn’t seem right or fair to me.  I guess there is a lion inside me, too.

I think most of us are the same way.  We don’t think of ourselves as courageous, but when things go wrong, we find a way to get through it.  But just as the baby lion in Bob’s photo shows, we often need a little help (or maybe a lot) from people who show us, by the way they live, how to be strong.  There’s nothing like watching the courage of a stawart person to help us learn to have faith and keep trying.

Next time you feel afraid, remember there is a lion in you, one that might surprise you with the strength of its roar.

One year ago yesterday:

He always stays

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


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