All of us long to live our passion
it may take an obsession to get us there!
From childhood, I felt a overwhelming need to be in Africa with animals
- lots of them. This obsession has always overcome my fears, loneliness,
logic and even wobbly finances. I set goals toward this dream, and
bit - by tiny bit - achieved them. It did take stubbornness which I
inherited in huge dollops from my folks and grand-folks. But not luck. I
believe in faith, which I have had to develop plenty of, along the way.
And when you won't take no for an answer, support always kicks in! Try it.
It feels great once you get the hang of it...
Obsession, goals, stubbornness, and faith = living your passion.
The results are wonderful and dramatic. Great friends gathered on the
journey. Invigorating career changes. Powerful shifts in intuition
and faith. Unexpected new horizons. Laughter.
And for me,
the primal joy of late afternoon light softening the dusty outlines
of elephants, giraffe and zebras, as they amble from the waterhole, their
needs met. Another day survived. Africa at peace.
A rare state,
peace in Africa.
But change for the positive can happen if each
of us helps just a little. The wildlife and the people of Africa need
your help from -- OUTSIDE OF AFRICA
-- if their beautiful wild habitats are to survive. Africa's people are
too preoccupied with their own survival to preserve space for wildlife.
Give a hand or give dollars to organizations that
assist both people and Nature like the
African Wildlife Foundation, the Jane Goodall Institute, or Habitat for
Humanity, to name a few that I admire -
for details, visit their websites.
Some groups do make a great difference. And often it takes only one
positive example to turn things around.
Myself, I respect elephants. And I can't agree with
legalizing the limited sale of ivory -- not now, while poaching,
poverty and diminishing wild habitats are huge problems in Africa.
the story behind the images of "THE
COMEBACK KIDS: Elephants of Addo":
||In 1919, in the Sunday
River valley of South Africa, European settlers shot all but 11 of
the local elephants to make way for croplands. Twelve years later,
the few survivors of the massacre were protected in a tiny park
called Addo, but farmers still feared
crop raids. Finally a park warden devised an indestructible fence
made of railroad ties and steel cable -- mostly donated by Otis
Elevator Company -- that kept the elephants out of the farms. Now
they are flourishing, and the park may be expanded to support 2500
|Elephants need our
|| One company and one
clever park warden made the all difference.
When you look at the images of these young elephants beginning life with
such vulnerability and such pleasure, do you find yourself asking - as I
do - how can we change the past patterns of humankind?
Will the descendants of the Comeback Kids survive into the
century? And if
they do not, how were you and I responsible for their loss?
however you can.