“I think my message to the politicians
who have within their power the ability
to make change is, ‘Do you really, really
not care about the future of your great-grandchildren?
Because if we let the world continue to be destroyed
the way we are now, what’s the world going to be like
for your great-grandchildren?’ Jane Goodall
Today when I saw this image taken by photographer Barbara Fleming when she visited the Serengeti Loliondo Conservation in Tanzania, it reminded me of Elsa from the movie Born Free.
The lion is one of my favorite wild animals. I first remember falling in love with the lion when I saw the movie TheWizard of Oz. A few years later, my grandmother knew how much I loved the lion so she took me to see the movie Born Free.
If you’re not familiar with the movie Born Free, it is a 1966 British docudrama about a real-life couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, to adulthood and released her into the wilderness of Kenya. To this day that movie still makes me cry.
If you’ve seen the movie Born Free, you will understand why this image is so powerful. Look closely at this image. It not only shows eight beautiful lion cubs lined up for what appears to be a professional family portrait, but the image has captured each of these lion cubs own distinct personalities. Right down to the two shy and timid cubs hiding behind the female lioness.
“It’s been proven by quite a few studies that plants
are good for our psychological development.
If you green an area, the rate of crime goes down.
Torture victims begin to recover when they
spend time outside in a garden with flowers.
So we need them, in some deep psychological sense,
which I don’t suppose anybody really understands yet.” Jane Goodall
“You cannot share your life with a dog, or a cat, and
not know perfectly well that animals
have personalities and minds and feelings.” Jane Goodall
When a two-year old child plays peek-a-boo for the first time, it’s usually the first game they learn from their parents. But who would ever believe that a two-year old child could teach and play this children’s game with a baby gorilla.
Watch how a little boy at the Columbus Zoo actually tires out the baby gorilla playing a simple game of peek-a-boo.
“Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans have been living for hundreds of thousands
of years in their forest, living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never
destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way
more successful than us as far as being in
harmony with the environment.” Jane Goodall
I like a good argument every once in a while, but it can be extremely draining when a simple discussion becomes World War Three.
Nothing beats a harmonious relationship. It’s a great feeling when you are with someone and you both are on the same wavelength.
No two humans are alike, so it’s refreshing when you meet someone who sees things the same as you on so many levels. Take for example one of my friends. In our discussions from politics, health and fitness to ethics, we seem to agree on every subject we discuss. Maybe that’s why after speaking with my friend, I feel relaxed and balanced.
For me, life is to short to waste time and energy over arguing about subjects you can’t do anything about. I’d rather spend time alone than with someone that drains my energy with their opinions and negative attitude. Give me a positive person any day of the week to spend time with and keep my life in harmony.