gratitude

Haven’t posted on here for awhile….but….

I’m honestly just so grateful to be able to have so many INCREDIBLE people in my life. Blessed to have met folks who truly care for others, are genuine, creative, honest, humble and compassionate and passionate for those around them and what they do. 

They inspire me each and every day to continue to push myself so I can be a better educator, friend, sister, daughter, mentor….overall person. 

What are you grateful for? 

"You have to find the right distance between people. Too close, and they overwhelm you, too far and they abandon you."
- Hanif Kureishi    (via un-exotic)

(Source: jeou, via lalaladylove)

"I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best."
- Marilyn Monroe (via kushandwizdom)
"I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald (via kushandwizdom)

nubbsgalore:

photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts

(via shiro13)

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead (via kushandwizdom)