This blog forms part of a number of short stories where wilderness experiences can be found. They can serve you to remind that observing wilderness restores you, coaches you and inspires us to create our world, every day.
The air on Cheetah plains is cool and clear from last night small rains. Giraffe are nibbling already on the little Knob-thorn trees that look like small Christmas trees. Plains Zebra and Blue Wildebeest are on their way to their first drink at the nearby pan.
In the distance sounds the piercing call of a black-back jackal, maybe it has seen a leopard or it’s angry that another jackal has crossed its territorial boundaries and wants to warn its family members. Another day on the African plains in the Bushveld has started.
When you start your day, do you feel full of energy, ready to take on a new day and breath in the morning air with delightful expectancies? How is it when you are half-way through your day? Do you still have enough energy? When we look at animals in the African bush they carefully balance their energy levels throughout their day. They are extremely aware which activities give them the necessary energy and which activities cost what amount of energy.
We can benefit from their insights. By taking a look into your life, where do you spent your energy on each day? Which activities excite you and fill you up with new energy? Wouldn’t it be important to be more aware of which relationships we have and where they are draining your energy? Are there any energy-suckers in your life that you can limit? Can you built in little rituals in your day that increase you energy? It’s also a great idea to look more closely at anger.
When we are angry, we have a lot of energy available. Why not take note of these anger-feelings when you have them and set them up for activities and goals that are constructive. Welcome this anger energy instead of suppressing it thinking it is bad to be angry. It depend all what you do with your anger energy. You have the choice in your hands!
Every morning in Africa, an Impala wakes up. It knows it must run and outwit the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must outwit the slowest impala or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or an impala. When the sun comes up, you’d better be running!