Baby giraffes never go to school.But they learn a very important lesson rather early in life.A lesson that all of us would do well to remember.
The birth of a baby giraffe is literally an earth-shaking event.The baby falls from its mother’s womb,some eight feet above the ground.It shrivels up and lies still,too weak to move.
The mother giraffe lovingly lowers its neck to kiss the baby giraffe.And then something incredible happens.It lifts one long leg and kicks the baby giraffe,sending it flying up in the air and tumbling down on the ground.As the baby lies curled up,the mother kicks the baby again.And again. Until the baby giraffe,still trembling and tired,pushes its limb and,for the first time,learns to stand up on its feet.
Happy to see the baby standing on its feet,the mother giraffe comes over and gives it yet another kick.The baby giraffe falls one more time,but now quickly recovers and stands up.Mother giraffe is delighted.It knows that its baby has learned an important lesson: No matter how hard you fall,always remember to pick yourself up and get back on your feet.
After all, why does the mother giraffe do this?It knows that lions and leopards love giraffe meat.So unless the baby giraffe quickly learns to stand and run with the pack,it has no chance of survival.It also knows that the lessons we learn early on become part of our habit,our instinct,and stand us in good stead all through our lives.
Most of us,though,are not quite as lucky as baby giraffe.No one teaches us to stand up every time we fall.When we fail,when we are down,WE JUST GIVE-UP.No one kicks us out of our comfort zone to remind us that to survive and succeed,we need to learn to get back on our own feet.We often live such protected,cocooned,low risk lives in our early years that we are not quite prepared for the big,bad world when we enter it.
So the next time you find a supervisor or a parent kicking you,don’t get upset with them.Like the mother giraffe,they may only be trying to teach you one of life’s most important lessons.It does not matter how many times you fall.What matters is your ability to pick yourself up and stand on your feet once again.
WE ALL FAIL,WE ALL FALL AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO FAIL AND FALL IN TIMES YET TO COME.BUT WE MUST TAKE THEM IN THE RIGHT SPIRIT AND LEARN TO BE STRONG ENOUGH TO STAND ON YOUR OWN FEET.
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