I ended up watching this show the other night about animals of the Himalayas. I was fascinated by it because, I happen to know that winds on Mt. Everest and certain parts of the Himalayas can reach and exceed 175 miles per hour and the temperature can drop to less that 50 degrees below freezing. So I was fascinated because I’m wondering as harsh and brutal and as that environment is, how is it even possible for animals to survive and live there, let alone thrive. It caught my attention and I continued to watch. What I discovered about animals in the Himalayas and other animals who survive ridiculously harsh environments is that they have adapted to these environments. Everything they need to survive is encoded in their DNA. These animals already have everything they need to survive and thrive in all kinds of ridiculously rough conditions. On Mount Everest they have big cats called Snow Leopards. Snow Leopards bodies are very stocky, they have extremely thick fur, they have very small ears which are rounded so they don’t lose too much heat, Their paws are wider than most big cats because they are better for walking on snow, and have fur on their undersides to grip on steep and unstable surfaces. Snow leopards have short front limbs and long hind limbs that are used to launch the cat up to 30 feet (6 times its body length) in a single leap! In addition, robust chest muscles aid in steep mountain climbing, and allow the snow leopard to easily keep up with its wild prey. Snow leopards’ tails are long and flexible, helping them to balance, which is very important on the rocky mountain slopes. their tails are also very thick due to storage of fats and are very thickly covered with fur which allows them to be used like a blanket to protect their faces when asleep. I read that in Alaska they have frogs known as Wood Frogs and when the winter hits and the temperature is consistently below freezing, Wood Frogs can freeze themselves solid for months at a time and then thaw out when the season/temperature changes They can do this because they have an over concentration of Glucose in some of their organs (or something like that). I read that Atlantic Cod and Bluefin Tuna have some sort of an antifreeze molecule in their blood which keeps them from freezing to death Etc etc.
I’m not trying to bore you to death with a long drawn out biology lesson. I actually do have a point. I guess my point is that we are no different than these animals. We too have everything that we need to survive and thrive in our environments, circumstances, conditions, predicaments etc however cold and rough and harsh as they may be from time to time. From the loss of a job, if you are having financial difficulties, if your behind on your bills, If you are nervous about starting a new job or going back to school, difficulties with your children, starting your own business, difficulties in your marriage etc. I guess my point is whatever situation or circumstance or environment, no matter how harsh or cold that you may find yourself in, there is no need for fear or worry or questioning how you will make it out. There is no need to question or second guess yourself or your skills, talents, know how or instincts. I’m willing to bet that Snow Leopard never says, “I just don’t know what we gon do if it keeps snowing like this”. I have a sneaky suspicion that the Snow Leopard doesn’t stay in its cave and worry or complain about the weather or the temperature? The Snow Leopard moves about that mountain and hunts with confidence and ease simply because HE KNOWS WHAT HE HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY HE USES IT.
The next time you find yourself in less than favorable circumstances that feel a little harsh, cold, rough, bitter or difficult to manage, DON’T WORRY, DON’T FEAR, DON’T SECOND GUESS OR QUESTION YOURSELF, DON’T LOSE FAITH. Move about your circumstances like the Snow Leopard with full faith and confidence, knowing that IF YOU HAVE A WORKING BRAIN, A BEATING HEART, AND WORKING LUNGS YOU JUST ABOUT HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE AND MASTER YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES WHATEVER THEY MAY BE. IF YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO SEE, HEAR, SPEAK, THINK AND WALK THOSE ARE ADDED BONUSES BECAUSE SOME OF US DON’T HAVE ALL OF THOSE ABILITIES BUT STILL MANAGE TO THRIVE!
Just like the Snow Leopard, we already have everything we need, but just like the Snow Leopard in order to survive and thrive WE MUST USE THEM!
RELAX! HAVE FAITH! WE GOT EVERYTHING WE NEED! THE WORLD IS OURS!
“You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.”