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Patterns have purpose.

ZEBRA PATTERNS – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

ZEBRA PORTRAIT – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa


Nature’s babies note
their mothers’ markings;
Zebra foals imprint
mares’ patterns

Wild dogs follow the flash
of parents’ tails,
Lion cubs spot the black
behind adult ears . . .

But what of humanity –
makers of mistakes,
thanks to the gift of
free will?

Our patterns too
serve a purpose,
teaching lessons
long after leaving

negatives belong
to the winds of change,
positives provide the framework
for fulfilling lives

Quotes to consider:

“To understand is to perceive patterns” – Isaiah Berlin

“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” – Unknown

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” – Edward de Bono

“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character…” – Stephen R. Covey

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed…It feels an impulsion…this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.” – Richard Bach

“The same gold is fashioned into various articles; just so, the Lord has made the many patterns of the creation.” – Atharva Veda

To illustrate a few more of wildlife’s patterns:

AFRICAN WILD DOG walking away – Madikwe Game Reserve, SA

LIONESS looking away – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

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Indecision can be dangerous.

ZEBRAS IN ROAD – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Indecision is the seedling of fear” – Napoleon Hill

“The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.” – Maimonides

“Indecision is like a stepchild: if he does not wash his hands, he is called dirty, if he does, he is wasting water.” – African Proverb
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Adversity is defined by point of view.

LONE ZEBRA – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

It always contains the seeds of opportunity.

Quotes to consider:

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” – Proverb

“Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember” – Seneca

“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Horseback Safari!

I was treated on Sunday to the most magical few hours horse-riding with wonderful friends and wild game. If you ever have this opportunity, do not pass it up!

We rode at a beautiful place near Hartebeespoort Dam (not far from Johannesburg), which stocks Wildebeest, Zebra, a variety of Buck, Jackal, Porcupines, among other things…and a gorgeous male giraffe. He is dubbed “George” by the locals, but is COMPLETELY WILD.

Here are a few stunning pics, courtesy of Tuija Jantunen (from Finland) and Andy Hanmer, which show something quite spectacular: Tuija and her mare Destiny interacting with the giraffe! We thought that loneliness may have made him more friendly, since his mate died a little while ago. The good news for George is that he will soon have some more females to play with 🙂

…and a pic of me with the awesome little gelding Warrior, who has the biggest heart and surest footing ever! THANK YOU, Warrior, beautiful boy!! HUGE thanks also to Shaun and Janice who let me ride him!!

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Stripes are earned – unless you’re a Zebra.

ZEBRA - Khwai River, Okavango, Botswana
ZEBRA – Khwai River, Okavango, Botswana

There are no short-cuts to success.

Quotes to consider:

“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” – William Blake

“Never mistake activity for achievement.” – John Wooden

“The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.” – Napoleon Hill
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