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Appetite

Appetite ↔ Action


FEMALE KUDU EATING – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa


MALE KUDU EATING – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

APPETITE

More than a motivator,
marker of hunger,
it drives decisions,
sometimes destiny

Herald to action,
heartbeat of life,
this humble impulse
will be heard

Embraced,
befriended,
Appetite begs
not only for food

Managed,
directed,
it offers a door
to understanding

Quotes to consider:

“A well-governed appetite is a great part of liberty” – Seneca

“Reason should direct and appetite obey” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Appetite comes with eating; the more one has, the more one would have.” – French Proverb

“Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.” – Horace Greeley

“As we become purer channels for God’s light, we develop an appetite for the sweetness that is possible in this world. A miracle worker is not geared toward fighting the world that is, but toward creating the world that could be.” – Marianne Williamson

“Doth not the appetite alter? A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age” – William Shakespeare

For another peek at Nature’s perspective, here are some lions feeding on a Wildebeest kill:


LIONS FEEDING ON WILDEBEEST KILL – Welgevonden, Waterberg, SA

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Grace

Grace = Gift


KALAHARI SUNSET – Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

We call it ‘Big Sky Country’, the Central Kalahari. Somehow the horizon seems more expansive. Parked alongside a pan in Passarge Valley, we contemplate the meeting point of Heaven and Earth. Mesmerized, we forget to sip our nicely chilled drinks and nibble on the cashew nuts. Regal Gemsbuck drift nearby, quietly crunching the rough grass. Further away, a Ground Squirrel family frolics above its burrows. We’re done filming them. That was exclusive to Golden Hour. Maybe they’ll humour us again in the morning.

Light lingers solely in the sky, gone from the sand. The first rumble of far-off roaring reaches our ears. Warm up for the hunt. Anticipation tingles through the evening air, tempered by a peculiar peace. ‘I have a theory,’ Dave murmurs. ‘It’s almost as if the animals enter a trance-like state, accepting that one of them will go down.’ He’s right, I muse. Predator and prey appear to share a primordial pact. Premeditated panic knows no place here. Only Grace.

Quotes to consider:

“I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief… For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” – Wendell Berry

“Grace is available for each of us every day – our spiritual daily bread – but we’ve got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

“We cannot go faster than grace…If God will not go ahead with us, we must wait and go with God.” – Marcia Hollis

This is how the Gemsbuck looked a little earlier:


GEMSBUCK HERD – Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
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Exuberance

Exuberance = Elixir

Quotes to consider:

“Exuberance is beauty.” – William Blake

“Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.” – Anne Sexton

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More Madikwe Magic

Our recent return to &Beyond‘s Madikwe Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve was a total treat. It’s impossible to convey the full extent of the magic with only a few photo’s, so for many more highlights, have a look at my Facebook album: Madikwe – June 2010

To kick off with, here’s a pic taken in the early morning at one of the dams.

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Movement

Movement contains magic.


LECHWE ON THE MOVE – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.” – Blaise Pascal

“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” – Carol Welch

“The dance is a poem of which each movement is a world.” – Mata Hari
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Challenge

Challenge leads to learning.


SPRINGBUCK LOCKING HORNS – Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Tough stuff is worth taking on.

Quotes to consider:

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon

“Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” – General George S. Patton

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” – Joseph Campbell
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Company

Company improves perspective.

KLIPSPRINGERS - Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa
KLIPSPRINGERS – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“”Stay” is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.” – Louisa May Alcott

“My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.” – Walter Savage Landor

“And enough for me that when my hand touched your shoulder, you leaned on me; and when you felt me slip away, you called my name.” – Orson Scott Card Continue reading

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