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Trust

Trust = Treasure


GROUND SQUIRREL EATING FROM HAND – Mabuasehube, Botswana

A temporary home from home, Losoloago Pan shimmers her welcome. Oppressive desert heat drives us straight to our freezer, emerging with cans of half-frozen mango juice. Stretching, we soak it in, along with the silence. Like shrugging into a familiar shirt, we begin the process of unpacking. Some way off, the silhouette of a Spotted Hyena, less hairy than its Brown brother, lopes behind bushes. We know from last time that both may be about, unusual as it is for their territories to overlap. They’ll visit later no doubt, when the flames of our fire begin reaching for the stars.

The gurgling of a Hornbill catches our attention. Dave is ready, aiming his Nikon into the overhanging thorn tree, which provides scant shade for our rooftop tent. Not to be upstaged, a Francolin scampers towards his feet, followed by some Ground Squirrels. They’re shy at first, growing bolder when we offer little bits of bread. Teeny paws pull our hands closer, light as the brush of eyelashes to cheeks. Never before have we interacted this intimately. Tentative, but determined, they test the limits of Trust. The pleasure, of course, is entirely ours.

Quotes to consider:

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” – George MacDonald

“Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough” – Frank Crane

Here are some more images to illustrate the scene:


LOSOLOAGO PAN, Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana


YELLOW-BILLED HORNBILL – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana


HAND FEEDING FRANCOLIN – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana


GROUND SQUIRREL – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

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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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Communication

Communication > Language

JACKAL - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana
JACKAL – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” – T.S.Eliot

“The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.” – Stephen King

“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of their meaning. Once you’ve got the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find someone who has forgotten words so I can talk with him or her?” – Chuang Tzu
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Wariness

A little wariness goes a long way.

GROUND SQUIRREL - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana
GROUND SQUIRREL – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

Quite different from distrust, pause for consideration can limit collateral damage.

Quotes to consider:

“Being confident is of course a good thing, but at the same time one must always be wary of being over-confident.” – Cass Gilbert

“Familiarity breeds contempt.” – Aesop / Apuleis
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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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Direction

Effective action requires direction.

LIONESS - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana
LIONESS – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight” – Jim Rohn

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Courage

Courage > lack of fear.

GROUND SQUIRELL - Mabuasehube Game reserve, Botswana
GROUND SQUIRELL – Mabuasehube Game reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.” – Tom Krause

“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” – Win Borden

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” – William Shedd

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher Continue reading

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