African Baby Elephant Exploring Birds
“Self-esteem creates natural highs. Knowing that you’re lovable helps you to love more. Knowing that you’re important helps you to make a difference to to others. Knowing that you are capable empowers you to create more. Knowing that you’re valuable and that you have a special place in the universe is a serene spiritual joy in itself.” Louise Hart
The little elephant in the photo above understands the importance of being gentle. The birds are trusting that the elephant is just exploring and learning. Or else they’re absolutely terrified and are standing stock-still until the big monster goes away.
At some point, all the respect in the world won’t protect those birds from getting stepped on.
The elephant’s opportunity to explore has a very short shelf life. Once he (or she) gets bigger, he will be too heavy to gently explore those tiny creatures.
The birds will develop a different level of respect — maybe fear is a better word — of their new friend as he grows and develops.
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Looking at this little elephant with the birds reminds me that some situations simply can’t work because the people involved have grown in different directions. Even if the birds wanted to hang out with the elephant, it would be a bad idea. Eventually, someone’s getting trampled.
But for this brief, delicious moment in time, the photographer captured the essence of Louise Hart’s quote (listed above).
If you truly believed that you are valuable and have a special place in the universe, what would you do differently?
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You’re going to make mistakes as you explore. Be gentle with yourself and others.
photo credit: African baby elephant with small birds