“you may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. in fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” — maya angelou
i am glad to say that i can see that in defeat, i still see the magic, and my soul is nobler and stronger than it was before. however, “i am afraid that for you the road will be long and brown and barren, and you will have trouble finding the light.” #betruetoyourself#honestyisthebestpolicy#wordsofwisdom#challenges
Snack table for the beautiful residents at a special sanctuary for rescued elephants, nestled deep in the jungle in chiang mai, thailand ☺️🐘
when visiting elephant sanctuaries in south east asia (and anywhere, for that matter), remember to pick those which make a point to treat their elephants ethically - look for the ones which explicitly advertise no riding and no chains.
the sanctuary i visited had rescued circus elephants from myanmar. all of these elephants had undergone such awful abuse, and this sanctuary offered them a peaceful place to live and rehabilitate. while it may seem harmless and perhaps even “fun” for the elephants, riding elephants is actually damaging to their spines, not to mention entirely foreign to them and unlike anything they naturally do in the wild. it’s something which they have to be “broken into” for - just like everything they do for human entertainment. this breaking in is done through extremely cruel and very sad means, as this is the only way to “successfully” ensure the elephants’ obedience, being that they are a wild animal.
be mindful when travelling, and say no to those activities which seem unethical to you. go with your gut and experience the magic of the environment as close to nature as possible - after all, it’s more magical that way anyway ✨