If you are willing to listen, nature has much to share.

The many solitary hours I spent on the Serengeti plains of East Africa gave me the chance to observe how nature maintains its unique balance. It can seem ruthless at times, and we ' re often unable to comprehend it. I will be the first to acknowledge that I do not understand it all, either. Yet I have come to appreciate the value of the lessons we can learn by looking more closely than we normally do. It is through my experiences that I am able to explain these seven skills—an explanation that will hopefully contribute to your personal journey.

First, let me share some basic principles:

  • There are herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. Herbivores eat grass and other plants, carnivores eat herbivores and other meat, and omnivores eat almost anything.

  • Collectively and individually, animals live according to a very strict code that includes many predetermined realities of life. Each accepts the others for who they are and the role they play in the world around them.

  • Each species struggles not only with its own need to survive, but also its natural instinct to reproduce and thrive—the very essence of the circle of life.

While the challenges faced by those that live and die on the Serengeti plains are certainly in a different realm than ours, the seven survival skills that the animals use to overcome their harsh conditions ...

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