The untamable tiger inside all of us.
Our mind left unguarded can be a monster of its own. The untamable tiger I am referring to is “ego”.
It has its irrational cravings that are so powerful and can take your peace away.
The cravings include dreamy desires like — needing to be right and flawless all the time, needing to feel important all the time, needing to feel untouchably perfect all the time. The tiger wants to signal to others what a masterpiece and flawless human you are.
But the real life you makes mistakes. Forgets people’s birthdays or last names. Messes up the kitchen when trying to cook something new. Occasionally loses temper and makes a fool of yourself.
The more aligned you are with your real self, the more self-aware you’ll be and you will be able to tame the tiger.
Be authentic, be you. Not perfect but complete.
Here’s an excerpt of one of my favorite poems written by RUDYARD KIPLING that I love referring to:
“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!”