But did you know giraffes have to spread their legs and bend down awkwardly to get water?
And every time they do this they make themselves vulnerable to predator attacks.
So what do giraffes do in order to get what they need despite the prowling lions and hungry crocs?
Look up & find water elsewhere (acacia leaves)
We too can find what we need by looking up. More often than not we convince ourselves that what we need will only—can only come from someone else—something else. More often than not it’s a fallacy. We have all we need in God.
Avoid waterholes where predators hang
It’s worth it to pay attention to the company we keep. I’ve walked out of some settings and mumbled, “But for the grace of God.” Skin of my teeth moments. Beyond grateful that more detrimental events didn’t occur in those places.
Though, this one has a tendency to be more difficult to discern. Lions can waltz into our lives disguised as affable elephants. But a lion will always reveal its claws at some point or another. Unfortunately, lions also like to hang around waiting too. This is why there are circumstances in life when we are better off skipping the waterhole and lifting our heads.
I’ve reaped tremendous benefits from seeking (and being open to) accountability in my life. Not long ago one of my closest friends stopped me midsentence and said, “You need to shut those thoughts down, Wendy.” And it hit me…I was giving credence to lies. The affirmation I started off needing came blessedly wrapped in a whopping bout of truth-telling.
We all have moments of weakness—times we know our legs won’t cooperate beneath us when we tell them to bend. Time to keep watch for someone else. Or we encounter stages in life when our eyes blur, clouding our vision. Time to step up to the water and awkwardly shift our legs.
There’s a beautiful give and take that occurs in relationships that we’re bound to miss if we’re always the one taking—or giving for that matter.
Drink 12 gallons of water at a time
“I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” Henry David Thoreau
There’s something to be said for investing deeply, for being grateful for every moment given to us living as though we may not be granted another—for learning to appreciate rare opportunities.
Something to be said for slurping up 12 gallons of water at a time. Go, giraffe, go!
I’m fascinated by animals and nature. It never ceases to amaze me the innate ways animals circumvent threats.
We need to feel safe. We need love. We need other things. What happens when what we need makes us vulnerable? In times of need, we’re wise to be mindful of how a giraffe approaches a watering hole.
Which one of the above are you most likely to forget in times of need? Which one has benefitted you time and time again?
*information from http://weirdfacts.com/animal-facts/2503-giraffe-facts.html & http://www.livescience.com/27336-giraffes.html
**2 more interesting giraffe facts: a giraffe’s heart is 2 feet long & weighs 25lbs and giraffes communicate by emitting low notes humans are unable to hear
***photos by stock.XCHNG