The Art of Patience & Persistence
In 2015 I spent five weeks at the Global White Lions Protection Trust in South Africa, where I had the privilege of meeting a Tawny Lioness called Cleopatra. Now I know we're not meant to have favorites, but I couldn’t help myself. She is powerful and wild and soft and playful all at the same time. The embodiment of pure feminine essence.
Her story is one of patience and persistence, of holding a strong vision and allowing it the time and space to manifest in reality. Her life story inspires us not to give up on what our heart truly desires.
You see, Cleopatra belonged to a neighboring photography reserve. Every time this lioness came into estrus, she would break through her fence line and go and sit on the fence line of the White Lion territory, where the White Lion pride would be waiting to meet her. For the entire time, she was estrus she would not feed, refusing to leave White Lion boarders.
She did this consistently for six years until the owner of the photography reserve tired of having to collect her and finally granted her, her wish. A month before I arrived, she had been taken into White Lion territory and was being integrated with the other lioness in the pride - a delicate and sometimes dangerous process. I got to witness this relationship bonding time between these two beautiful lionesses, and I am happy to say she is now fully integrated into the pride and has partnered with one of the male White Lions.
When we commit to walking a divinely guided path, to fulfill our soul purpose in life and to act from a place of service, life tends to throw up challenges. It is a process that requires courage and a willingness to keep showing up, trusting the wisdom and calling of our own heart.
Any time I feel overwhelmed, I think of Cleopatra's story and her willingness to show up time and time again for six years, and I think to myself: 'I've got this'!