It’s life’s little things, even on a Bucket List Trip in the Serengeti Big Five Park, Tanzania.
The Serengeti in Tanzania is a must visit National Park. It’s vast plains are home to the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard.) This protected area is known in particular for the annual wildebeest migration of reportedly 1.5 million animals. There’s an amazing abundance of wildlife and activity to experience. (Watch “Bucket List Trip: World Famous Serengeti Self-Drive” on our YouTube Channel)
Would you wait on a bird in Big Five Park?
We’re on the dirt track. The road dips creating a water crossing. Russ is approaching the water.
“Wait!” I say firmly. He stops, “What?” I reply, “There’s a bird taking a bath.” He looks at me, but waits. This is my husband, accustomed to my quirks.
We watch the bird (Pied Stilt, I think) taking his bath. “The buffalo are coming…” Russ wants to get moving.
Would you wait, or even pay attention to a bird taking a bath in a water crossing? Especially when there’s the Big Five to see?
Love your Life?
Isn’t life a bit like that? We look for the big things to make us happy, to grab our attention, or to spend our time. You know what I’m talking about.
We want dinner and the theater, and not just a cookout in the backyard. We may miss the small white butterfly with black spots while marching the meadow trail towards the old ruins. We may long for a beach vacation to really talk with our busy companion, yet spend bedtime scrolling through Facebook.
Life’s gifts may be in the little things
For me birds and butterflies are welcome reminders of an all knowing, caring Creator. When my mind is spinning, the song of a bird or a butterfly wing grounds me instantly.
This morning I was marching from our campsite to the office to pay for another week. My mind churned over the Facebook hack I’d experienced days early. Then, two chubby little bodies flipped the switch.
I stopped, watched and said hello to the resident dove couple. Their motley feathers blend them into the pattern of dry grass and red earth. They’re quiet, unafraid and simply walk crisscross looking for seeds.
They pay me no mind. I move on, with a lighter step.
Be Brave. Only Believe. Just Do.
Margrit Harris loves nature and wildlife pretty much above all else… that is except her spouse, Russ.