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 Post subject: Shi's Thought for the day. KNP, Jan. '10 - April. '11
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I've decided that seen as it is a new year and I have been in a reflective mood that I will have a "Thought for the day" every day, for 2010. I thought I could share this with you, and see if I can tie up my thoughts with some of nature's :lol: and some of the sights I have been lucky enough to witness over the years.
Let's see how far I get... :roll:
Already late for the 1st of Jan, but rather late than never :lol:

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." Albert Einstein

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Sunset taken in KNP April 2007

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2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
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TR March 2010


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Hi Everyone,

FC thank you so much for the encouragement! :dance: :dance: I will do my best not to disappoint you!

So for today 2 January 2010 I have the following:

"Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another." Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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Picture taken on H3 KNP April 2007.
I welcome any feedback/comments/suggestions :huh:

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2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
Thought for the day
TR March 2010


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Hi All,

Thank you so much for all your encouraging comments :lol:

I have justy finished reading FC's TR, it was sooo good and it really inspired me.(For those of you who have not seen it yet, check it out A great time)
After reading about FC's patience and unfailing enthusiasm, I have decided that my thought for today is:


"What we see depends mainly on what we look for" John Lubbock

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This Rock monitor was taken in Sep 08 on the S65 in KNP

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2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
Thought for the day
TR March 2010


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Hi All,

Thank you MG,FC,Lynnb & LP I appreciate your kind comments :thumbs_up: :lol:
and welcome Lynnb...thanks mom :dance: :dance: , nice to see you on line :P

I am very tired today, and going back to work after a week off, and needed something to snap me out of it and keep me strong.

So this is my thought for today Jan 4th:

"It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life."Elizabeth Kenny

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This pic was taken on the S100 in Dec 2006 (through the windshield)

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2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
Thought for the day
TR March 2010


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Hi Everybody,

A bit late today... :roll:
Once again thank you for your kind comments! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
FC and MG...was a great morning that with all the lions and definately more pic's to come from that trip in this thread :lol:

Today I feel great, I feel that anything is possible....

So 5 January 2010 my thought for the day is:

“No one can predict to what heights you can soar. Even you will not know until you spread your wings.” Anonymous

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Pic of Vulture taken on S90 in Dec 08

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"I have a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Lebombo mountains"


2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
Thought for the day
TR March 2010


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 Post subject: Re: Thought for the day
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Hi everybody,

It's January 6th 2010 and my thought for the day is:

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength but by perseverance.” H. Jackson Brown

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Picture taken on part of Sabie river in September 06

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"I have a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Lebombo mountains"


2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
Thought for the day
TR March 2010


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Hi Everybody,

Thank you MG,FC and PetraJ Image

It's late, or early here depending on how you look at it :tongue: I've been thinking about my Gran tonight who passed away a couple of years ago. I'm missing her. But it made think about how she lived her life right up until the age of 89! So today my thought of the day is about her.

“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.“ Samuel Ullman

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For the record she would have enjoyed my choice of the rear end of the ellie for today :lol:

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"I have a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Lebombo mountains"


2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
Thought for the day
TR March 2010


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 Post subject: Re: Thought for the day
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Good Morning All,

Thank you everybody for your kind comments :redface:
@Ingrid60, you are quite right..this is about an attitude and about a choice we make every day! :thumbs_up:
@MG I am sorry to hear about your gran as well, but glad to hear that you also think of her and remember her. :clap:
@FC I try every day to remember and be grateful, may you also never lose your enthusiasm :dance:
ImageMM very glad to have you here! Thank you for the kind words...have been reading some of your memoires, you have already made me cry and laugh, I look forward to getting to know you! :D

Ok so yesterday I was a bit emotional, but today is Friday! Friday is Leopard day (thanks Mg)! Whilst reading through some of the forums last night something caught my eye and made me think. A child is born (beautiful MM) made me think how each of us grows in life and how these growth spurts affect us. It made me realize that in all my life so far.....

“I have had more trouble with myself than with any other person I have ever met.” Dwight Moody

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Picture of Hyena taken in KNP June 09 on H1-2

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"I have a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Lebombo mountains"


2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
Thought for the day
TR March 2010


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Good morning everybody,

I hope that you are all having a great weekend!

@ MG Thank you my BS :D for your kind comments :thumbs_up: and for being you!
Image Kamadejo & LarissaVW thank you both so much for your great feedback! I hope that I can continue to make you think and inspire you!
@FC I have no words to describe how much you have enriched my life in such a short time except to say Thank You.
@Pumbaa thank you so much for your support and kind words :thumbs_up:


Ok so another deep thought for today...Forgive me, it's about a boy :pray:

I received some information yesterday about a situation with regards to somebody that meant a lot to me at one time. As you know anybody of any significance in your life, by default, also has the capability to hurt you. The news that I received was, I believe the result of this person leading an inauthentic life. A part of me felt like rejoicing at this news, celebrating the fact that karma had won!
:( I have spent the better part of my evening at war with myself…To believe in something and to live that truth, absolutely, are very different ideals… I am happy and I am whole, and yet, a part of me wanted to revel in his misfortune…I do not like that part of me and am trying to understand and eradicate it. :wall:
This conflict between the ego, wanting vindication, and the heart, wanting to celebrate the people that truly matter has led me to the following:

“Oh mirror in the sky, what is love? Can the child within my heart rise above? Can I Sail through the changing ocean tides? Can I handle the seasons of my life? Fleetwood Mac(from Landslide)

I truly hope I can, with dignity and grace.

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Pic taken at Kumana on the H1-3 in KNP May 08

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"I have a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Lebombo mountains"


2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
Thought for the day
TR March 2010


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Good Morning everybody,

I hope that you are all having a great Sunday so far :thumbs_up:
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LS,MG,Kamadejo,FC and MM thank you all again for the positive feedback. It's always encouraging to realise that we are not alone in our struggles with this human condition :lol: And yes you are all right we all go through this and it only makes us stronger. I am finished with the war, thank you FC, the good news is I won :lol:

So today I have a happy thought for you! After all of the wonderful responses and thinking about some of my good friends,both new and old, I am again very grateful that I have these people in my life. So this is my thought for the day:

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are
the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust


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If we listen nature will speaks to us :wink: Pic of Giraffe taken in June 09 on the Salitje road

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"I have a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Lebombo mountains"


2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
Thought for the day
TR March 2010


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Hi Everybody,

Kamadejo,MG,FC and Micetta thank you all again for your support and kind words! :thumbs_up:
@ Kamadejo I am really pleased that you like the pic's and thoughts! It is great to have you and your kind thoughts here!
@ MG Thank you LS, First and only time I ever had a giraffe wink at me too :D Better than being licked by one :P
@ FC thank you! The cubs are gorgeous and yes they made me happy and I like them very much :dance: :dance:
@ Micetta am always glad to see you, at times funny, at times serious, enjoy hearing what you have to say :thumbs_up:

It occured to me today that we are so willing to believe in and accept the bad in our lives but are so superstitious of anything good that comes our way. We are far more inclined to accept the bad without question than we would ANYTHING good! This is surely NOT a natural state of affairs. To look for the catch, or the flaw in anything we deem too good to be true is a standard practice in our lives. Does this mean we have lost our ability to believe in magic? Or that we sabotage ourselves at every turn? Our natural state of mind seems to be rather safe than sorry... So this is my thought for the day:

"Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be."William Hazlitt


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Pic taken on the H3 April 2007

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"I have a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Lebombo mountains"


2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
Thought for the day
TR March 2010


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The older generation tend to turn cynical talking about myself and knowing that in life, mostly, you have to strive for the good things, you get suspicious if something nice drops into your lap :lol:

A little true story and we were young then: In order to gain admittance to a certain club you had to own at least a share. A couple were very sad that they could not join, not being able to overcome this obstacle. My husband and I decided to offer to put two of our shares in their names to help them. Their answer was: What do you gain from it?

That was a sad moment that I have never forgotten :( maybe I started getting cynical then


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Good Morning Everybody!

I hope the weather in Europe is improving...

Image Spotted cat, good to have you here!
@ Kamadejo,LarissavW...Thank you I always appreciate your comments
@ Lorrainepring...Thank you & good to see you again
@ Micetta...What a wonderful gesture from you and how sad that they were unable to appreciate your generosity! With age comes wisdom, so the good news is that getting older allows us to choose our friends with more deliberation.
@MM- So true! Thank you!
@ MG & FC, Thank you both for your support! We watched the cheetah for over an hour in the midday heat! She was about to cross the road and I think she was nervous because there were by this time a lot of cars!

I am a bit late posting today as I have tons to do at work at the moment. I have a strategy session coming up this week that requires a lot of work and thought. As with new challenges and forging new frontiers, change is always a difficult process for most. We tend to initially view things with thoughts that are clouded by our own historical views and experiences. It is not easy to let go and embrace a new approach. It is difficult for us to be objective when change is perceived as a threat. So my thought for today is a simple one:

“It is difficult to see the picture when you are inside of the frame.” Author Unknown

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Pic of Hammerkop taken on part of Sabie river June 09

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2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
Thought for the day
TR March 2010


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Thank you LvW, MG, Micetta, FC, LP, Kamadejo & MM! I really appreciate your feedback and insights :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: (MM, Had not thought of that :thumbs_up: )

My brother and I were having a conversation about technology and new gadgets last night... I must admit I am a gadget junkie :redface: :redface: We got to talking about the way people and businesses interact these days and how with the advent of technology the global village get's smaller every year. I have some good friends (new & old) all over the globe that I stay in touch with. It's funny how things work, but we were talking about some of the communication challenges posed, and how some nuances get lost in translation, when an advert appears on T.V.! The advert is a silent one, because it is completely in sign language. This, I think is wonderful! Maybe sign language should be mandatory across the globe? Yes, a new platform for a universal language....but there is already such poetry in nature.

“An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.” Martin Buber

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Pic taken on the Salitje Rd (S30) in April 08. This is one of my favourite lion pic's

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"I have a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Lebombo mountains"


2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
Thought for the day
TR March 2010


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MM - There is nothing senile about your mind wrt relevant info...the coffee and bacon well that's another discussion :wink: :thumbs_up:

Micetta - You are quite right! My interpretation is I think the lion looks nostalgic, as if he is remembering some important event in his life! This is exactly what the I-Thou relationship is....

fyi.....

Martin Buber is best-known for his book I and Thou, which he wrote in 1923. It focused on the way humans relate to their world. According to Buber, frequently we view both objects and people by their functions. Doing this is sometimes good: when doctors examine us for specific maladies, it's best if they view us as organisms, not as individuals. Scientists can learn a great deal about our world by observing, measuring, and examining. For Buber, all such processes are I-It relationships.

Unfortunately, we frequently view people in the same way. Rather than truly making ourselves completely available to them, understanding them, sharing totally with them, really talking with them, we observe them or keep part of ourselves outside the moment of relationship. We do so either to protect our vulnerabilities or to get them to respond in some preconceived way, to get something from them. Buber calls such an interaction I-It.

It is possible, notes Buber, to place ourselves completely into a relationship, to truly understand and "be there" with another person, without masks, pretenses, even without words. Such a moment of relating is called "I-Thou." Each person comes to such a relationship without preconditions. The bond thus created enlarges each person, and each person responds by trying to enhance the other person. The result is true dialogue, true sharing.

Such I-Thou relationships are not constant or static. People move in and out of I-It moments to I-Thou moments. Ironically, attempts to achieve an I-Thou moment will fail because the process of trying to create an I-Thou relationship objectifies it and makes it I-It. Even describing the moment objectifies it and makes it an I-It. The most Buber can do in describing this process is to encourage us to be available to the possibility of I-Thou moments, to achieve real dialogue. It can't be described. When you have it, you know it. Buber maintains that it is possible to have an I-Thou relationship with the world and the objects in it as well. Art, music, poetry are all possible media for such responses in which true dialogue can take place.

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2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
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TR March 2010


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