No elephants in 10 years?

Did you know that elephants and rhinos are killed at a rate that will have them extinct in ten years? I didn’t. And boy do I ever want to help stop that from happening. So when I stumbled upon Air Shepherds, I knew I wanted to support the endeavor, which just might be the saving grace of elephants and rhinos, with a little luck and a lot of help from me, you, and everyone else!

Image courtesy of Air Shepherds

Image courtesy of Air Shepherds

Air Shepherds uses drones and supercomputers to stop poaching, and the results have been amazing! To quote from the IndieGogo-page, where I hope you’ll also pledge to help air shepherds stop more poachers, this is what’s happened where Air Shapherds have operated:

”Poachers operate under the cover of night, and until now, rangers have not had an effective way to find them before they kill.  We fly drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that have infrared cameras and GPS on them and can send back thermal images of animals . . . and poachers. They’re electric, silent and invisible but provide the information operators use to rapidly vector rangers to the location of the poacher before he kills.

It works. Flying in one area where as many as 19 rhinos were killed each month, there have been no deaths – for six months.  None at all.”

Amazing results. Zero poaching. This sure is a beautiful marriage of technology and human endeavor! And I for one sure want to do what I can to stop elephants and rhinos from going extinct during my lifetime – for manmade reasons! – so I have pledged a sum of money and hope you’ll do the same. I also urge you to spread the word, to help make this crowdfunding campaign a successful one. I for one am rooting for The Lindbergh Foundation getting a lot of money from this campaign, making it possible to set up new Air Shepherd-teams all over Africa in areas where poachers are ruthlessly killing elephants and rhinos.


There is nothing like witnessing nature in all its grandeur, but we are destroying it at an alarming rate. Perhaps our scientific accomplishments can ensure our grand-children and future generations to come will also be able to sense the miracle of life so present in the wilderness?



State of mind

I’ve given a lot of mind to the concept of State of Mind these past days, since a lot of Supercoach Academy 2014 Creation weekend centered around that concept. And today I got to sample it first hand. My brother and I (thank you Mary, I would have written me instead of I there if it wasn’t for your help!) went walking around Ely this morning, taking in the lovely scenery along the Great Ouse river. Not a cloud in the sky, summer temperatures and just a very faint breeze. Marvellous!

We went to The Almonry for a light lunch, and there we were graced with the presence of four absolutely adorable ducklings. (Sorry about the poor state of the pic though!)



Had a great time, and when we got up to leave I noticed I’d lost the envelope with my British pound notes, that I put in my back pocket when we headed off for the walk. Gone. Probably around £100 in it. Nowhere in sight.

It didn’t affect my state of mind though and I sort of shook my sholders at my brother who cringed a bit when he heard it. He thought we should backtrack a bit, to see if we could find it, and we did. But no envelope. So we headed home again, to get my stuff and head on home.


And you know what? I really don’t care. And I mean it.

It was obviously a bad idea to keep it in my back pocket, so I won’t do that ever again. And for sure I could have used the money. I don’t normally throw money away.

But still – feeling bad about the loss, beating my self up for being daft enough to keep it in my back pocket where it – apparently – very easily could fall out, imagining all the cool stuff I could have done with it and filling my head with remorse for what will not be… none of that would bring the money back, would it? All it would do would be to keep me in a shitty state of mind.

And I’m not in a shitty state of mind. Am not inclined to push myself into one either. That will come when it comes. And you know what, next time something like this happens to me, my state of mind will greatly influence the way I relate to it. Had I been in a shitty state of mind when I made the discovery, I would have been filled with shame for what I had done, beating myself up over it. But I’m not! And it feels great.

Cause here’s the thing: the state of mind I am currently in, influences the way I perceive the world. If I’m low, the world seems like a shitty place. And that’s how I’ll respond to what happens to me. If I’m high, the world is on my side, and ain’t nothing gonna get me down.

”Oh, so just keep your self in a good state of mind then” you might think? That’s just it though: I can’t control my state of mind. I can’t decide to go from one state to another. It just happens. But knowing that it just happens, knowing that mechanism exist and how it works means I can observe my reactions, drop below them to realise what state of mind I’m in, and from there, perhaps make more sensible decisions. Like refraining from talking, texting, emailing or writing while I am in a really bad state of mind, for instance. Nothing good’s gonna come out of that, I promise. Not until my state of mind shifts.


And it will. Sooner or later. Knowing it’s a state of mind might just help a new thought come into my head, and in a second, my state of mind can shift. Have you ever experienced this instant shift?