“This cat does not look happy. She reminds me of those sentinel guard lions on gate entrances. She sits in the most uncomfortable spot to stay on guard to things outside the home. The home appears warm, but is damaged inside. (there are huge holes in the ceiling caused from a leaky roof that finally gave way) No matter how much suffering the cat goes through to guard the house from the outside, damage still happened on the inside of the house. I took this photo because it reminds me of how I have lived so much of my life on guard to people and circumstances, while I was causing damage on the inside with negative and untruthful thoughts about myself. One word: Truth

— Melanie Hood



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