The Dalai Lama as a tortoiseshell fur-ball

Cat earsMy cat doesn’t have a vengeful bone in her body. I’ve accidentally stepped on her feet, tripped over her, and sat on her many times over the 10 years we’ve been together.

Each time I inadvertently caused brief pain, she would run off for only a few steps and look back at me. I always felt awful. She must sense my sincerity and pain for causing her pain, however, because she always waits for me to come closer and put my forehead to her forehead. Then the purring begins. All is forgiven.

Face it: how easy is it to trust someone who is 15-25 times heavier than you, 10 times taller than you, controls your meals, subjects you to unknown scary places like the veterinary clinic, garbles your language, and, to top it off, sometimes steps or sits on you?

When they’re sincere, you trust and forgive them, quickly and completely.

Who are you in this scenario?