This is a repeat of a post from last summer. I am sharing because my dear friend and teacher is hosting an event to help the elephant refuge featured in this film. My hope is to raise awareness for his cause- saving elephants from extinction. For more about Max’s fundraiser, please view his website (http://www.maxstrom.com) or facebook page. To learn more, watch this movie. You will be moved and in awe of the beauty which surrounds us.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” –Ghandi
This week Brian and I took the kids to an IMAX movie called “Born to Be Wild.” It tells the story of two women who started raising animals who were orphaned in the wild (because their mothers were killed due to poaching or deforestation). They raise the animals and give them the tools to be released back into the wild. These women began their programs over fifty years ago and raised their own children in the animal sanctuaries. So many moments in this documentary made my heart break open. I found myself crying through most of the film. At one point Henry looked at me with tears in his eyes. It was the moment several orphaned elephants were brought to a refuge getting ready to be released. As the trucks drove up, herds of older elephants showed up to welcome the new elephants and their caregivers. The older elephants were all former residents of this refuge. They ran up and greeted the caregivers and hugged them with their trunks. It was an overwhelming moment shared between animals and humans. If you can, watch this movie. Watch it by yourself. Watch it with your children. It will shift your view of the world.
This documentary reminded me that there is so much pain in the world and I don’t want to contribute to it in any way, shape or form. My heart felt wide open watching these women take action and love these animals just as they are- wild, scared, scarred, and loving. While watching the move a prayer kept circling in my head, “Please don’t let me contribute to any pain in the world. Let my actions bring light to all those whose paths I cross.” I know I am human and I know I am imperfect, but I know I can strive to live this as best I can. May my actions not cause heartache or pain in others. May my life be an expression of the love I feel in my heart when it is broken wide open.