Who’s got the power?
The above picture was taken by me on the river bed of Limpopo near Sentinel Farm a few days ago.
There are two apparent things, a mound of elephant dung and a helicopter.
This photo taught me the third lesson in my fear losing series.
1. A helicopter is at the mercy of an elephant as long as the chopper is on the ground. The elephant can actually crush the perspex glass and aluminium frame without breaking a sweat because the chopper is powerless on the ground.
Whoever is on a grounded chopper when an elephant comes ambling has all reasons to fear.
So, on the ground the elephant has no fear of the chopper. He can deposit a mound and release litres of urine under no threat and amble up the river bank. Safe.
2. An elephant is at the mercy of a flying chopper. I have seen helicopters coral and herd off herds of elephants in a wanted direction, seen darts shot from choppers to temporarily put the big beasts to sleep and have seen elephants shot from choppers. As long as the chopper is in the air, the elephant has all reason to worry to an extent of stopping dung depositing and river bed watering to run for cover in the Mopani foliage.
Therewith is my lesson.
The moment I learnt my place I lost fear of the odds against me.
I choose to walk and stay where I am strong and safe, after all, elephants don’t fly but rule the ground and choppers rule the sky.
So, I have the power when I am grounded. I am not afraid. I have lost fear of fear.