I recently listened to a beautiful story about how elephants can teach us, as humans, or how we can take some values from them. And I felt encouraged. And that's the beautiful part of the story - to encourage oneself because usually, we encourage other people but hardly encourage ourselves. From time to time, you need to encourage yourself as well.
So, there are some very great values that I took away from this story. One of them is that elephants demonstrate a lot of patience. I found it interesting to know that elephants carry their pregnancy for about 22 months unlike, we humans, that carry for about 9 months. And for those 22 months, they carry the pregnancy with grace and a lot of tolerance. They go about their daily normal business. I was thinking about it and said to myself "22 months is actually a long time to wait". Many times that I've had to wait for between 9 to 12 months, and it became agonizing quite quickly. Lots of anxiety. So, it takes a lot of grace to actually carry a baby for 22 months. This is a key lesson on patience. During those 22 months, elephants not only carry their baby with acceptance, but they also do so with serenity.
One habit that has helped me when I'm waiting for something is to focus on some other things entirely. This has helped me to ease my anxiety during the waiting period. I just try to do some other things and let myself be busy.
Another value that we can learn from elephants is their endurance. Elephants have been studied on how they can walk many kilometers at a go while they look for food and water. Someone said this is actually like walking up to about 15 hours a day or even more. So, this definitely shows endurance. It shows strength. I mean, imagine having to walk for about even 12 hours. That's a lot of time to walk. And when I was thinking about it, I thought okay, some of us could actually benefit from having daily walks. Now I know 12 hours of walking time is a long shot, but then I thought it would be a good thing to actually imbibe this endurance. For example, we may want to challenge ourselves to do some daily exercises and keep on pushing ourselves toward our goals. To keep on challenging ourselves.
Another of their admirable values is teamwork and family values. They move together - this shows a lot of teamwork. Teamwork is when you're not doing life alone. When you're coexisting. After all, isn't that part of why we are all here? I believe we are created as humans to support each other. We can take this lesson from elephants because they move together as a group just like a family and you won't see them alone. There's that sense of community. That sense of belonging. And I think it's a very valuable lesson.
Elephants also teach us to give back to nature. How do they do this? When they excrete their waste, seeds are poured out that become trees. This waste can also be a good source of fertilizer which enriches the soil. Reflecting on this should trigger some questions such as - how do I give back to nature as opposed to depleting it?
I once read that when one elephant wants to give birth, the other elephants form a very strong formidable covering for her, stomping their feet as they do so.
Elephants enjoy the simple pleasures of life. They like playing in the water and eating sugar cane. They just like enjoying the delicious things of life. There's this quote by Iris Murdoch that I like very much. it says "one of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats". From time to time, treat yourself to ice cream, chocolates, candy, and sweets. For example, chocolate has been shown to keep us happy on a continuous basis.
Elephants never forget but they forgive. They have a great memory and that's very crucial to their survival. Their remarkable memories demonstrate that they are more advanced than their peers. They know how to coexist together by forgiving themselves. They forgive us, humans, even though we took some of their spaces and domesticated them. But still, they love humans still, and we are seen as their best friends. They know how to coexist together with humans. They forgive us for everything we do to them. So, I think we as human beings, can learn this lesson from them and forgive.
Let these lessons about elephants encourage you as you do life with others.
Worry can weigh a person down, but an encouraging word cheers a person up. 'Cornish’s Cheer' hopes to be an encouragement to people who are under pressure, feel lonely, discouraged, or rejected. I hope these writings impart cheer, and hope and help you flourish with patience, love, and sincerity. Be encouraged and cheered. Also, practice 'chanting' positive affirmations, which can be a powerful tool to help boost confidence.
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