When I first spotted this dog (in the photo) behind the window in a local street, my initial thoughts were of “the one with the waggly tail.” But then other, perhaps deeper, thoughts bubbled up.
Like, what are you keeping behind glass?
What are you storing ‘safely’ away, preventing from roaming free in the world?
Which parts of you might you be keeping to yourself or restricting in some way? (Maybe even hiding, or wishing weren’t there).
They’re big questions. Complicated.
For there might be legitimate reasons to seek safety for now. Or maybe it was important to keep new aspects of yourself sort of removed from other people while you grew them or strengthened them or practiced them quietly. And all of that is fair enough. It can even be crucial.
But one of the seemingly inevitable parts of being human involves forming habits. Habits of thought, habits of feelings, habits of behaviour. We seem to be creatures of it…