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Stress

Whether you feel “I’ve-had-it-with-the-world-and-everything-in-it” hectic,


MALE LION BARING HIS FANGS – Schotia Safaris, South Africa

“get-out-of-my-face-I’m-having-a-bad-day” mad,

MALE LION SNARL – Schotia Safaris, South Africa

or “don’t-make-your-problems-mine” ratty,


LIONESS BARING HER FANGS – Schotia Safaris, South Africa

it pays to remember that stress arises inside.

STRESS:

In response
to a given stimulus,
Stress arises
inside

Allowed to rule,
it wreaks havoc
recognized, unresisted,
it recedes

Powerful,
potential teacher,
Stress offers options
on a silver platter

Succumb and suffer
or choose to transcend,
knowing that the choice
arises inside

©Naomi Estment

Quotes to consider:

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” – George F. Burns

“Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.” – Astrid Alauda

“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” – Hans Selye

God will never give you anything you can’t handle, so don’t stress.” – Kelly Clarkson

“Give your stress wings and let it fly away.” – Terri Guillemets

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese Proverb

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“Mud, mud, glorious mud!”

This was certainly the case at Madikwe Game Reserve last week. In a show of sympathy for all those devastated by recent floods around the world, Johannesburg and surroundings have been drenched in downpours over the past while. Madikwe is a mere 3-odd hours’ drive from here, and seems to have shared in the rain too.

Luckily for us, we sneaked into a window of great weather and had the BEST time. Well, probably not better than the African Wild Dogs, who made a meal of the left-over puddles:


AFRICAN WILD DOG wallowing in mud – Madikwe Game Reserve, SA


AFRICAN WILD DOGS cavorting in the road – Madikwe Game Reserve, SA

It wasn’t all rosy, though, like one morning when a Landcruiser got stuck in the mud 😀 Our ranger saved the day, so we witnessed the good deed:


LANDCRUISER stuck in the mud – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa


BUSH RESCUE – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

This was the reason for venturing off-road, which caused it all – understandable really!


TRACKS UNDERWATER – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Later, we struck it lucky, courtesy of more puddles, when two lionesses squatted to drink right beside our vehicle. Tell me it gets any better than this!


LIONESSES drinking – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

There was more magic in store, thanks to the rain. The pan was a sea of yellow flowers:


RHINO & ELEPHANT in a sea of yellow flowers – Madikwe Game Reserve, SA

This is our head-ranger mate, Marc (of my previous post fame ;-)), getting down low with his Nikon. Don’t you just love it?


MARC LINDSAY-RAE in action – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

As you can imagine, we had plenty to talk about at the gourmet dinner every evening:


MADIKWE SAFARI LODGE dining area – Madikwe Game Reserve, SA

I could carry on, but instead here are links to my Facebook albums, which tell a lot more: Handful of Highlights – MADIKWE, Jan 2011 Playing on the Pan – MADIKWE, Jan 2011

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Taking a shower on the Wild Side…together with Lions!

Little compares to the quiet symphony of a bush shower. Hot water is preferable, regardless if it spouts from a tap, bucket or bag. But the essential ingredient is open air. That perfect blend of shampoo mixed with wildness. It holds a primal pull. Midday is best, mellowing the burst of freshness from drying off:


CLEANSING SUNLIGHT – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg

Sometimes, however, caution is prescribed, like once at Mabuasehube in Botswana. Our own campsite barren, we investigate another, only to find that we’re not there first. A pride of thirsty lions precedes us. Maneuvering our vehicles into a safe scenario, we oblige with a steady trickle, before retreating to let them drink. It’s clear that the water tastes delicious to their tongues. You’re most welcome, magnifient friends, with all our love 🙂


YOUNG MALE LION LOOKING FOR WATER – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana


LION DRINKING IN SHOWER – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana


LIONS EXITING SHOWER – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

LIONESS LICKING HER LIPS – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana


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Potential

Potential possesses power.


LIONESS WITH CUBS – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

It is best approached with respect, but without fear.

Quotes to consider:

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” – George Bernard Shaw

“A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?” – Jane Wagner

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us…’ – Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”)
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Innocence

Innocence illuminates.

YOUNG MALE LION - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana
YOUNG MALE LION – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

Its beauty transcends illusion.

Quotes to consider:

“The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails.” – William Shakespeare

“The greater our innocence, the greater our strength and the swifter our victory.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Innocence dwells with wisdom, but never with ignorance.” – William Blake
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Intention

Intention → Implication

MALE LION - Masai Mara, Kenya
MALE LION – Masai Mara, Kenya

. . . be it positive or negative.

Quotes to consider:

“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“Be careful what you wish for.” – unknown

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” – Douglas Adams
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Teamwork

Teamwork does the trick.

LIONS - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana
LIONS – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

1 + 1 > 2

Quotes to consider:

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

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