Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Run for life, like a Gazelle

‘Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you'd better be running!’

The above is a quotation I came across in one blog I read recently. It talked to me again and again so that I decided to collect more information on Gazelle. I could not get much; I do not know why there is not sufficient material in internet; may be because the animal is in danger of extinction. What I could collect so far about the animal is surely interesting.

Gazelles are medium-sized grazing antelopes most standing 2–3.5 ft (61–110 cm) high at the shoulder, and are generally fawn-colored. Gazelles are mostly found in the deserts, grasslands, and savannas of Africa, but they are also found in southwest and central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. There are some 19 different species of gazelles. They live in herds of ten or hundred animals. They eat less coarse, easily digestible plants and leaves. Gazelles typically frequent wide-open spaces and plains, where they browse on grasses, shoots, and leaves.

Open plains make them visible to predators like cheetahs, wild dogs or lions, but gazelles are fleet of foot. Gazelles are known as swift animals – some are able to run at bursts as high as 60 mph (97 km/h), or run at a sustained speed of 30 mph (48 km/h). The ‘Thomson's Gazelle’ can reach speeds of 40 miles (64 kilometers) an hour. Some gazelle species eschew the grasslands for mountainous landscapes or even deserts. During the dry season some grassland gazelles will even take to the African bush in search of water.

Gazelles are nimble and beautiful animals, with a variety of stripes and markings that accentuate their tan buff coats and white rumps. They also boast impressive, ringed horns. These attributes make many gazelles attractive as game animals.

What shall we learn from the life of gazelles? More than one principle I have learned comes to mind. But let me write down one of them concerning finance and debt clearing.
Allow me to add here a verse from the Bible.

“My son, if you become surety for your friend, If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth. So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; for you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; plead with your friend. Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, And like a bird from the hand of the fowler. (The Bible, Proverbs 6.1-5; NKJV)

We have already seen that gazelle is a fast animal. As soon as it sees an enemy, it takes to its legs, jumps forward and run as fast as it can.

Are you in financial debt? Run away like a gazelle from it. Financial debt is you enemy. It is urgent to save your life. Do everything you can to get out of debt. It is humane to stumble and to stumble into debt. Realize that it is like a lion to the gazelle. Lion is death to gazelle.
What is Gazelle Intensity?

1.       Realize the presence of an enemy – we have stumbled into a trap
2.       Realize the danger – it is death, total destruction.
3.       Decide to run for life – every minute in this trap is death.
4.       Run as fast as you can – run for life like a gazelle runs away from a hungry lion.
5.       Keep the speed till you are in a safe place.

Many of the principles that apply to wealth also apply to health. We may fall into poor habits that lead to poor health.  Health is wealth. Work hard to regain our health.  Again use gazelle intensity.

Professor Jacob Abraham

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