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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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Exploration

Exploration expands perspective.

Quotes to consider:

“Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.” – Frank Borman

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started… and know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin
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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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Contemplation

Contemplation is a form of mental air-freshener.

Down-time is renewing to the mind.

Quotes to consider:

“That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“…Carry with you an atmosphere of quiet contemplation, wherever you happen to be. The less you talk, the more will become your mental power. …” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action” – Meister Eckhart
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Camouflage

Camouflage = combat clothing

LIZARD - Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
LIZARD – Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.” – Max Lucade

“Camouflage is a game we all like to play, but our secrets are as surely revealed by what we want to seem to be as by what we want to conceal.” – Russell Lynes
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Unity

Unity is necessary.

SPRINGBUCK HERD - Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
SPRINGBUCK HERD – Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“United we stand; divided we fall” – Aesop

“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” – Baha’u’llah

“On an altar of prejudice we crucify our own, yet the blood of all children is the color of God.” – Don Williams, Jr.
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Vantage

Vantage aids vision.

GIRAFFE - Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.” – Charles Lindbergh

“No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth.” – Francis Bacon, Sr

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