How Apex Predators Made Yellowstone Park More Beautiful

Wolves in Yellowstone ParkWolves are mean, right? They kill Bambi and other furry animals with big, gentle eyes. That was probably the rationale for removing (don’t say killing) them from Yellowstone Park.

But… when they were reintroduced to the park after 70 years, vegetation recovered.

Suddenly, there were trees and forests where there had been bare ground.

Rivers actually changed course.

Yellowstone Park began to thrive.

Watch the video, and resolve not to tamper with the natural order – or any system where there are more variables than we can comprehend.

Marine Corp Raiders Finally at Home

Marine Honor GuardForwarded by a friend: A true story about 19 US Marines killed on Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Islands during WWII.

The battalion was sent to destroy a Japanese seaplane base, and accomplished their mission. Hurriedly departing under fire from hostile aircraft, they were unable to carry away their dead, and asked the islanders to bury them.

Years later, a man who had been a teenager during WWII remembered where they were buried, and notified the US military. The Marines sent a C130 and an honor guard over there and found all 19 had been buried with their helmets on, their rifles in their hands, in perfect condition. The islanders had really done a wonderful job.

As they were loading the bodies, a voice from out of nowhere started singing “The Marine Hymn” and gave everyone goose bumps. The voice was from a man who spoke no English but remembered a song the Marines taught him when they landed. It was important to them, so it was important to him.

Seth Godin on Your Mood vs. Your Reality

Seth GodinSeth Godin has an insightful post on the connection between our moods and the life we experience.

Are you seeking out the imperfect to justify your habit of being unhappy? Does something have to happen in the outside world for you to be happy inside?

Or, to put it differently, Is there a narrative of your reality that supports your mood?

He makes several good points, and comes to a conclusion that is empowering. You should read it.

From reading Proverbs 18:20-21, I’d take it a step further. I wrote about it a few days ago – check it out.

Proverbs Challenge, Day 11

KeysThere is one who scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty.
The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself.
(Proverbs 11:24-25)

I’ve never seen a stingy person who was happy.

I’ve never seen a generous person who wasn’t happy.

Want more joy? Want to be lifted out of the blahs? Help somebody.