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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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Celebrating Southern African Getaways

Sincere thanks to the fabulous Christine Searle at SA-Venues, for including me in her awesome post: South Africans share their favourite local getaways! It’s a total treat to participate and discover what’s special to others too 😀

Picking only one favourite was impossibly tough, given the abundance we have here – as well as how privileged Dave and I have been, thanks largely to friends, family and our professional photography. I narrowed it down to the African bushveld, because I believe that nothing compares to the ‘soul vacation’ this offers. Here’s the longer list, incorporating more of Southern Africa and a few of the countless highlights we’ve enjoyed:

Londolozi private game reserve, SA – leopards:


LEOPARD CLOSE-UP – Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

Madikwe private game reserve, SA – wild dogs:


AFRICAN WILD DOG – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Schotia Safaris, SA – lions:


MUFASA – Schotia Safaris, South Africa

Welgevonden private game reserve, SA – rhino’s & elephants:


RHINO SILHOUETTE – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa


ELEPHANT SILHOUETTE – Welgevonden game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

Timbavati private game reserve, SA – buffalo:


BUFFALO BULL – Timbavati game reserve, South Africa

Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana – abundant game and raptors:


HIPPOS AT SUNSET – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana


FISH EAGLE TAKING OFF – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana – wide open spaces and occasional cheetah:


DAVE checking photo’s on our roofrack – Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana


CHEETAH RUNNING – Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Mozambique – scuba diving, especially Guinjata Bay’s manta rays:


MANTA RAY WITH REMORA FISH – Guinjata Bay, Mozambique


ME SCUBA-DIVING – Mozambique, Southern Africa

Lesotho – enduro riding, in particular the extreme Roof of Africa:


ROOF OF AFRICA 2010 – Lesotho, Southern Africa


VIEW OF MALUTI MOUNTAINS – Lesotho, Southern Africa

Cape Town (where I grew up) – family, fun, Two Oceans & Table Mountain:


TABLE MOUNTAIN from V&A WATERFRONT – Cape Town, South Africa


VIEW OF CAPE POINT – Cape Town, South Africa

As far as wildlife goes, we’re planning perhaps the pinnacle trip for September next year: Serengeti under Canvas in Tanzania with &Beyond Africa, which follows the migration in luxury tents. CAN’T WAIT, especially since it will probably include scenes like these:


WILDEBEEST RUNNING – Masai Mara, Kenya


HOT AIR BALLOON ABOVE MIGRATING WILDEBEEST – Masai Mara, Kenya

I wasn’t lucky enough to accompany Dave to Kenya, where he shot these last two pics, so that’s high on my wish-list of wildlife destinations, along with others in Southern Africa, such as Namibia (where I was born), Zambia (where my father was born and raised) and Zimbabwe (where some of our special friends come from). And that’s just for starters. Ah, AFRICA…what’s to do but LOVE YOU?

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Impulse

Impulse stems from a primitive place.

SNAPPING CROCODILE - Schotia Safaris, South Africa
SNAPPING CROCODILE – Schotia Safaris, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” – Helen Keller

“Reason only controls individuals after emotion and impulse have lost their impetus” – Carlton Simon

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent van Gogh
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Size

It’s simply not about size.

FLY ON CROC JAW - Schotia Safaris, South Africa
FLY ON CROC JAW – Schotia Safaris, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain

“A hug is the perfect gift; one size fits all, and nobody minds if you exchange it.” – Unknown

“You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.” – Adlai E. Stevenson Continue reading

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Disdain

Disdain should never be deserved.

MUFASA - Schotia Safaris, South Africa
MUFASA – Schotia Safaris, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“One often gets what one disdains” – Vietnamese Proverb

“Towering genius disdains a beaten path.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A little disdain is not amiss; a little scorn is alluring.” – William Congreve Continue reading

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Attitude

Never underestimate attitude.

LION-CUB SNARL - Schotia Safaris, South Africa
LION CUB SNARL – Schotia Safaris, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda

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Greatness

Greatness is something you grow into.

MUFASA - Schotia Safaris, South Africa
MUFASA – Schotia Safaris, South Africa

“Start where you stand.”

Quotes to consider:

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill

“Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.” – George Bernard Shaw

“I’ve often said, the only thing standing between me and greatness is me” – Woody Allen Continue reading

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