Be Thankful – Elephant Teacher

It seems these elephants take great pleasure in drinking water…


The lesson is simple. Be thankful.


If you are blessed enough to have the option to drink a glass of water today, be thankful.


Not everyone does.


Take some time to realize the beautiful blessings that are in your life. Consider every tiny thing. Remember how important it is that you are alive. 


You matter. Your life is a gift. YOU are a gift.

Taking such things into consideration, I hope we can all realize what joy can be found in a simple glass of water. And I hope we may all feel as thankful as these elephants are.


Their lives are not easy either. They struggle. They make mistakes.


Yet here they are…they are still standing, still living, still grateful.

Conquer the Darkness, Overcome the Predator

In a cheetah’s life, there is day and there is night. Most cheetahs live amongst bigger, stronger predators. And most of these predators will hunt under cover of darkness.


But a cheetah knows that, through the fear of night, and the unknown that might lurk in the shadows, they must keep going, because a new dawn is on the horizon, and with it, a glorious light.


All of us will and have and perhaps are, having to face “predators” in the “darkness”. There are many forms in which the predators take shape. They could be anxiety, temptation, anger, sorrow, or legit persons or even animals (depending on how and where you live in the world). 


But whatever the “predator” your facing is, it is just the same as the cheetah’s, these predators can hurt us. But only if we cave and give in to them. Only if we place ourselves in a position TO be hurt by them. We just have to get through the “night”. 


We just need to turn our focus to the oncoming dawn of a new day. 


The shadows and predators in our lives serve as merely a challenge in which we are born to overcome. 


And a reminder of the glory of a new day that awaits us at the finish line of our struggles.
So keep going. Because you are destined to get through it, whatever it may be.


And you will be a far more powerful individual because of it.


I took this photo early one morning, after many long nights this cheetah had been facing hunger and the fear of lions roaring in the darkness, yet in that glorious morning, there she was…she had made a kill at dawn, she was a champion that had conquered her “darkness”, and a powerful individual that had overcome her “predator”.
In the same way we are ALL meant to. 

Love is Selfless

Love must surely be the most powerful of all things. For no matter the distance, or the trials, it remains, strong and enduring…


Love and support one another.


Don’t hold others back.


Don’t put them down.


If you have the opportunity to either lift up someone in need, or put them down, it is ultimately your choice. It should not matter who or what they are. All life is worthy of upliftment.
Including yours.


No one should “demand” you love and support them. Nor should you demand they love and support you.


Love and support should come from the heart, it should be natural, in order to be genuine. And because of this, it will benefit both individuals in equality.


When you lift someone else up, don’t expect them to “owe” you for it. If this is the only reason you show “love” towards another person, then really it is not doing good for them at all. It is only for your own self gain.


That is not love. That is not support. 


Interestingly enough, doing true acts of love and kindness for another will always benefit both you and them. 


Here in this picture was a moment I was blessed to experience, two cheetah cubs supporting each other. Neither seemed to question the action of simply “being there” for the other. They both benefited from this interaction, purring loudly together.
I hope this image of selfless support in wild animals will bring thoughts of what love really means for us, and how we can support others in need. No matter who or what they are.

Hope is Glorious

Hope is glorious.
Sometimes the greatest struggles we face are actually blessings in themselves, for hope generally shines brightest when we are in our darkest moments.
Even if the future looks bleak, find hope in that you are still in the present, and the future has not yet arrived.

And we only reach tomorrow by finishing today.


This beautiful cub lost his mother, thus his future looked very bleak.
But he kept going any way, day after day, and found a way to not only survive, but thrive, against the odds.
He did not focus only on the bleakness of his future, but just getting through each day, simply by trying.


Today he is a young adult, together with his siblings, hunting on their own despite losing their mother at a young age. 
And they are living. 
Still living every day without question that they WILL make it to tomorrow.


Don’t give up hope. Just keep going!

All of us are built to overcome the odds and to thrive.

You can make it through anything. 


Keep on living!

Growing

Be strong. Always be strong. Because you are growing…
This is quite a mighty little cheetah cub, for though he is small now, (you can see him in comparison with his mother), one day he will grow to be larger than her.

However this is not going to happen overnight, because he still has to actually GROW.
Wherever you are in your life, remember to stay strong, because you are growing.
Whatever trials and hardships you face, whatever darkness that you cannot see through, you are growing. 
You ARE getting stronger. 
But growing also takes time.


Grow through the weaknesses.

Grow through the fear.

Grow beyond the shortcomings.

And grow above all that might hold you back.


There are so many challenges in life, but every individual has the ability and the power to stay strong, to overcome, and to never give up.
We are all growing. But the direction we choose to grow is our choice.
And so like this little cub, may we all choose to grow UP, with the desire to always become stronger and better, to not focus on what is negative and what holds us down, but rather how we can grow above such things.
There is no cheetah cub I know that grows DOWN. Because there is not one of them that I know, that has ever stopped trying.
Neither should any of us.