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THE TWO SAN MEN FROM THE KALAHARI
There is a very interesting AfRAkan story about two San men of the Kalahari Desert in Southern AfRAka.
Long before any Europeans arrived in that part of AfRAka, the San People, like many other AfRAkans, were nomads. They had no specific places to permanently live. They just travelled from place to place.
The nomadic San People were always on the road. Some travelled because they loved to explore the beauty of their continent. Others did so to take care of their many herds of cattle. They travelled looking for fresh lands upon which to graze their animals. Both animals and humans loved the adventure.
The two men in the Kalahari
Two young men left their village in the country that's now called Botswana. They'd made up their minds to explore the desert and to discover what laid beyond this vast sun-baked expanse with its nightly freezing winds. They each prepared sacks of potatoes, kola nuts, gourds of water, and a large gourd of palm wine and went on their way.
The first few days were great. The two men loved the freedom and vastness of the desert. The sky was magnificent as they watched the vultures hover over them.
The first week
After about a week their supplies were gone. They kept on going hoping to discover the next village. Three more days went by, and there were no villages in sight. The Sun was now getting hotter, and the nights were getting colder. This is the effect of losing nutrients and nothing to replace what's been continuously depleted.
The strain on FOCUS
The strain of hunger, exhaustion and fatigue was unfolding, and one of the men was losing focus so intensely he couldn't endure the journey any more. He decided to go back home. But his companion said they shouldn't return because they've already traveled over half the journey. He assured his friend that the next village was only about 3 days away. He said going back would take them twelve more days, and it wasn't worth the thought.
The slow trek
When they first enbarked on the journey, they were covering about twenty miles a day. Their resting moments were in the middle of the night when there were no vultures hanging over their heads. But now, they had slowed down to about five miles a day with regular breaks and nap times. Often, they would take turns guarding each other to alert the vultures that they were still a part of this world.
Looking over the sand dune
They were quite exhausted when they got to a sand dune. The young man who had wanted to return couldn't raise another foot. He dropped flat on the elevated sand dune, and went sleep-dead. His friend sat by him for a little while, and got up. He climbed the sand dune, and looked around the horizon. Bam! There it was. He saw a lonely tree blossoming in the distance. It must have been about five miles away. But, it didn't matter to him. He ran, and ran, falling in the sand and picking himself only to continue running.
The great DREAM
He finally got to the tree. And, without much inner power to perform the next task, he fell asleep. He immediately started to dream. Oh, it was the vultures hovering over his friend. They were coming in droves. His friend was struggling to get up and drive the predators away, but he couldn't. His friend was screaming loudly. The frenzy suddenly woke him up from the dream.
The Big Discovery
He immediately broke a branch from the tree, and started to dig for water. He didn't dig far enough, and water started to gush out of the soft soil. He drank as much water as he could. Luckily, he had brought one of the empty gourds with him. He filled it up, and ran back to his friend.
Indeed, his friend was hopelessly unconscious. He had been weakened when fighting the vultures. Fortunately, not much harm was done to him. He took off his shirt, soaked it and placed it over his friend's face. His friend pulled the cloth towards his mouth and started to suck the water as well as clear his vision.
After a little while, the friend got up and asked what had happened to him. He told him, in reply, WHY DON'T YOU TELL ME WHAT DIDN'T HAPPEN TO YOU?
The Moral of The Kalahari Adventure
NEVER TRUST YOUR FEET IF YOUR MIND LACKS RESILIENCE.
The Two Young Men Of The Kalahari have taught us a very important lesson. This lesson may be comparable to the David and Goliath story of the Bible. The lesson is not how physically strong you may appear, it is about HOW MENTALLY RESILIENT YOU ARE.
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