We wrote recently about seeing Maia down in the valley at dawn. For the past couple of weeks, she has been there, grazing at first light on the north side of the creek in Yard 4.
When we talk about sanctuary, we primarily like to focus on the elephants, but there are times that the human element is undeniable. Moments like this one, witnessing Maia in a marvelous natural setting, instantly brings calm and peace to the morning.
The first few minutes of the day for many of us can bring stress about daily life. It is the same for us here at sanctuary. We worry about project organization, funding, getting permits to bring elephants to sanctuary – any number of things. Looking out from the house and seeing Maia is a quiet and personal moment that we can hold in our hearts, and an important reminder about the foundation of what we do. Any potential stress of the day ahead dissolves for a moment if you let it; for us, just knowing there is an elephant down there, living a life she never knew she could, allows us to take a breath and approach what is to come with hope.
Photo of Maia, peeking from the bushes