Power in Affection

A mother cheetah and cub

Observing affection between animals is truly a pure and moving experience. This particular moment was between a mother cheetah and one of her cubs.
It was such a sweet moment, but I find that it was also a moment that was powerful and inspiring…
Here are two individual, living creatures, and neither of them are controlling the other, both of them have made the conscious decision to show this affection towards each other. And in this, it is a picture of pure affection and caring, because both individuals are choosing to share this with one another.
What we can learn from this interaction is this:
Each and every one of us is an individual.
We each have our own thoughts, our own emotions, our own challenges, and our own experiences.
We are all capable of making conscious decisions in our personal lives. To choose to give without expecting anything in return, but giving purely because it is our choice to give.
We have no right to control others in their lives and choices.
And others have no right to control us in ours.
We always have a choice…we can allow others to control us, and manipulate us.
Or we can choose to not let them do this. And control ourselves instead.
We ACTUALLY get to decide this.
We also get to decide how we choose to treat other living beings. We know what’s right and wrong.
Choosing to love another should not be done with the expectation that the other MUST give this back in return.
Because then we really are only loving for our own self gain.
But loving another, with no expectations of them, and then they in return choose to love us in the same way, with no expectations of us, that perhaps must be one the purest form of selfless love.
When two individuals choose for themselves to give love and kindness to each other. For no self gain except the happiness that comes from loving another and seeing their joy.
That is why this moment of affection between these two wild animals is so remarkable, and I found it to be very meaningful for my own life, and hope it will inspire others as well.
Animals truly are a remarkable blessing.

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