Being there for each other

elephants

elephants

I watched a video today that showed a baby elephant who fell in its habitat at the zoo, immediately its family came to the rescue, helping it up. But the one thing I found interesting was, not only did they help it up, they continued with it until it was out of danger. I sat and wondered, have I ever done this? Have I ever gone beyond ‘just helping someone up’, have I ever walked with them for a while until they were ‘back on their feet’, in more ways than just one?

I understand that these elephants were doing this to their family, but what if we went beyond this and applied it to others as well? Many believe we are all connected and are one big family anyway, what if we actually applied these principles to our entire family also? How many lives would be changed? If we acted like we cared about one another more than we do, would there be war? Caring for someone removes our attention from ourselves and shifts it to someone else for a while, changing our perception and helping us to feel compassion for something other than ourselves.

I watch that video over and over, amazed at how the elephants knew the baby was in trouble, how did they know? Maybe they saw it, the video doesn’t show whether they saw or heard it, but I would bet that they sensed the distress signal coming from the young elephant more than hearing or seeing it. Do we, as humans, sense the needs of others? If we do have this sense, how can we uncover the hidden potential of this?

What would happen if all of us went out and helped just one person? So if I went out tomorrow and helped one person, and that person helped one person, and so on down the line, then that one act of kindness just changed the world. Just like with every other aspect of life, one small change can make a big difference. Don’t look at that one tree you planted, or that one person you helped, or even that one pound you lost as anything less than what it is…success.

In nature, one small step sets the next step in motion, for example, planting one small tree can create shade and protection to the plant life around it, which in turn, helps the bugs and the ground. I do believe that we are all connected, and that us, the planet, and the animals have a symbiotic relationship that can be mutually beneficial. That little elephant will grow up and have its own babies, and those babies will have babies, but what if that elephant herd didn’t care about it? What would the outcome have been?

I just saw a beautiful post from a friend who has been having back issues, “Healing is a whole lot easier when you’re loved”, I’m sure that baby elephant is thinking the same thing.

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About Mimic Nature

Hello everyone! I’m so glad to see you! I’m Jana, I’m an eccentric wife and mother; I work 2 jobs and homeschool my kids. With all this going on in my life, I want to focus my attention on the things that make me happy, and the one thing that has made me happy ever since I was a little kid is nature. As my life progressed and changed through my teen years and my early married life, I lost my connection to it. Life took over and here I am living disconnected from nature because of work, bills, and every day events that keep me away. So the next chapter of my life will be dedicated, at least in some small part, to reconnecting to nature; I still have a mortgage, work, and a family to take care of, but now, I will be more aware of nature and my place within it. Each day, I will find some small way to not harm nature. Not long ago I was introduced to something called permaculture and I fell in love with it. Basically, it’s building a small ecosystem in your own backyard that is based off of what nature would do naturally. In turn your backyard helps you, and you help your backyard…with minimal work!! At first it may take more work, but over time, your backyard will become self-sustaining and you won’t have to work as hard…other than harvesting. I love the life lessons that I learn from nature, so what I promise to do is share a lesson that I’ve learned from nature each week, share what I’m learning about permaculture, and share my own personal progress in changing my homestead into a permaculture Garden of Eden. And since it’s hard to make any changes in life, I want to have some free giveaways once in awhile…all nature themed of course, to help all of us remember our ‘green’ family. Read a few articles, see if you like what is there, if you do, go ahead and subscribe. If you don’t like what you see, that’s ok, I’m honored that you took the time to get to know me a little and see my vision for my blog and my life.
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2 Responses to Being there for each other

  1. Kevin Tuazon says:

    Great point of view, Jana! I read a book months ago that said, “That bad days end but a smile can go around the world.” Truly, love is more infectious than hate. If we surround ourselves with the right people, our lives will open up to bigger things we never even imagined are possible.

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