Today was a strange day following my resignation that in effect has rung a death knoll to a career that I was once very passionate about. The day was very quiet and life continued as normal, for what to me was a rupture in my destiny, and to anyone else, hardly a blip on their radar. And on reflection, why should it be? It was my choice, my life and in reality will most likely not have a huge impact on anyone.

While pondering my small impact on the world, I read today about the death of some 360 elephants in Botswana that have occurred since May this year. Something that I had not previously read or heard about. According to local conservationists some elephant carcasses were found clustered around waterholes, while others appeared to have died “falling flat on their faces,” . Live elephants seen nearby appeared physically weak, and one was walking in circles, unable to change direction, observers said. Other species in the area did not appear to have been affected by whatever struck down the elephants. The Botswana government is testing samples from the dead elephants, but is yet to determine a cause of death.

Last year, Botswana scrapped an elephant hunting ban it had in place in 2014, sparking international outcry. McCann said poaching could not be ruled out this time, although the tusks were still on the elephants.”800 of them are lying around as a magnet for criminals,” he added. McCann said there were a number of possibilities for what could have caused the deaths, including an elephant-specific parasite — or even Covid-19. [1]

Investigations are continuing into the deaths of the elephants.

While pondering this tragedy, which to me to be very newsworthy, I received a phone call from a close friend to advise me that her husband had been airlifted to the Royal Brisbane from Rockhampton last weekend following a severe quad bike accident. He is now on a long road to recovery.

I was struck by these stories and the enormity of what can happen in people’s lives, even if they are close to us, and that we can be completely oblivious to the pain and suffering that they are going through. Stuff happens to people all the time and unless it is in our immediate circle we often rarely miss a beat.

It is always worth remembering that things can always be worse, its by grace alone that we are spared from having to experience it for ourselves and often in managing our situations closely, we can focus our energy on where it needs to be and spare others from unnecessary burdens.

Sending prayers to my friend and her family, to all the elephants and their families as well as a prayer for myself for my new destiny. Sometimes that is the best thing we can do.

[1] https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/02/africa/botswana-elephants-mystery-intl-hnk/index.html