This afternoon I was reading an article on CNN.com and came across the saddest giraffe I’ve ever seen. I should have know what I was in for by clicking on the story since it was titled “Imagine a World Without Giraffes.” My experience with giraffes is fairly limited, to say the least: a zoo visit here and there, watching planet earth, a giraffe Pillow Pet purchase for the kids of friends, etc. But, there it was, just after the start of the article… the picture of a crippling sad eye on top of a long and amazing neck. Nature is pretty awe inspiring, but that sad giraffe was giving me the stare down.
There has been a 36%-40% decline in the giraffe population. I won’t summarize the article here, but encourage you to give it a quick read.
Here is what you need to know – There is more to this world than what we see and experience each day. It is easy not to think about what is happening to a giraffe half way across the world. But, it is symbolic of something important to everyone regardless of who you are and what you do in life: Everything you do is connected to the world around you, sometimes in ways you’ll see and sometimes in ways you won’t. Out of sight shouldn’t mean out of mind.