Musings on Elephants and other Big Stuff

Do you have your tea? Ready for a philosophical discussion? This really isn’t about the Law of Attraction but it is helpful to the smooth running of life.

There are times when it seems as if life is rushing passed us and we get lost in swirls and twirls of frantic energy and feel we cannot cope. At times like these, the best way to get some perspective in life is to ask yourself ‘How do you eat an elephant?’

This might seem like a simple question to you, but being a family of ‘mostly’ vegetarians, it can be a little tricky to answer. After all, ‘How do you eat a soya bean plant?’ somehow does have the same impact, does it?

Well – how do you eat an elephant? A bite at a time. You move a sand dune one shovel at a time. You build a house one brick at a time.

Chunk down the stresses in your life. Chunk them down into groups of three. Do you know that a baboon can count up to three, So surely if an ape can, we can too. You will be able to look at life more calmly when it is in small chunks as it is easier to prioritize and regain control.

And that’s how you eat an elephant, the same way you live life: slowly, a bite at a time, savouring each morsel.

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Rose Todd