The magic of courage

A friend forwarded the image below to me via Instagram, and I love it.

Something about the way the creature is looming out of the darkness – with that scary-yet-non-threatening demeanour, takes me right back to childhood feelings.

I've spent a bit of time digging around on Google, but so far I haven't been able to track down who the artist is. I don't think the person who painted this put the image together with the words, but I like the sentiment – it's something to keep in mind.