The Elephant in the Room

“Avoiding conflict of even the tiniest kind, she was exactly the…”

Page 7, Line 5 of Ghosts and Echoes by Lyn Benedict

…wrong person for the job. Elysia belonged in the safe confines of her research lab. Yet, here she is face to face with a gigantic elephant waiting for the perfect opportunity to ram into her! It thrashed its trunk around claiming dominance of its territory. 

In contrast to the renowned elephant whisperer and South African conservationist, Lawrence Anthony, she might hit a brick wall trying to bond with this one! She remembered watching that video of Stampy, the Violent Elephant. Who knows what this one who seems twice as big will do to her?

How does one end up in this position, you may ask? 

Well, it started off with a visit to the chief of a local village who were mourning the loss of their elephant, Giggles. She died due to an unknown illness which ravaged her body. Giggles helped the natives carry many supplies over long distances. The children enjoyed the elephant’s incessant cheerfulness. She was quick to smile and enjoyed playing pranks on the kids with her trunk. 

Elysia’s expertise is in epidemiology of cancer in animals. Her boss sent her to the field to investigate the causes of this unknown illness before it spreads to other animals in the village. She just arrived in the country a week ago. She walked up to the chief and offered her condolences, “Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you!”

The chief let out a heavy sigh and wasn’t sure how to address the elephant in the room, “No elephant will ever replace Giggles, but we need a new elephant to help us carry heavy supplies. Otherwise, we will suffer greatly.”

Elysia reassured him with a hug, “I’ll see what I can do.”

*** A few weeks later ***

“How am I suppose to bring this guy back?” Elysia yells out in frustration.

So, what does she do to calm herself down? She sings the lyrics of a video she watched this morning, “Hymn for the Weekend” by Cold Play pushing what happened to caterpillar to the far back of her mind. Her sister sent her an unconventional hymn this past weekend.

Once she reaches the verse:
“Oh, angel sent from up above
You know you make my world light up
When I was down, when I was hurt
You came to lift me up”

She begins praying to angels to give her the information she needs to calmly bring this elephant back to the village. She felt a little silly, but all of the sudden an idea flashed before her eyes. 

She recently visited a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa called Elephants Alive which discussed elephant psychology and the many emotions they experienced. She does what most people in this situation wouldn’t do.

She decides to stop moving and stand very still on top of this rock in the ground.

After waiting for the few tension-ridden minutes that felt like years, the elephant didn’t feel threatened by her presence, and calmly stood there. 

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  1. The Haunted Wordsmith says:


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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! It was a very random idea that wanted to grow today! 🙂

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  2. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Good read!


    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! Btw, I’ll get to your tag as soon as I can. I sometimes ponder on questions throughout the week before responding. 😊

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      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        Take your time! No rush!

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! Epidemiology really fascinates me for prevention measures. Wrapping my brain around a few things today!🙂

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  3. What a creative and wonderful use of the prompts!❤️ 😊


    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Jenna! My friend’s small elephant sculpture came to the forefront of my mind today, and I wanted to write a post. FYI, I will finish the tags soon. ☺❤

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      1. Oh no rush 😊
        Your inspiration shines through in the warmth of your post.😊❤️

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  4. Lwbut says:

    Wonderful imagination Sa ! 🙂

    Wasn’t Stampy the name of Bart SImpson’s elephant too? 😉

    That is one WEIRD video!

    Have a fun weekend! 🙂

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      You watch the Simpsons?! Yes, Stampy was Bart’s pet elephant!!

      People come up with all sorts of amazing, albeit weird animations! See ya! I see your philosophical post o’er yonder and shall ponder on it while studying quietly in a “pub”. 😉

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      1. Lwbut says:

        I was a big Simpson’s fan for a while but the station that broadcast it here started showing about 10 episodes a week 52 weeks a year with repeat after repeat. I got Simpsoned out! 😉

        I enjoyed the movie though (“Spider pig. Spider pig. Does whatever a spider pig does!”) 🙂

        Enjoy your Orange Juice! 🙂

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        1. theresaly520 says:

          You figured me out! I’m not an alcohol drinker! I will drink some OJ then as I ponder on your topic about faith! 😉 My family and various friends have lots of stories to share about the power of prayer. For me, as much as I’d like to rationalize some things, I wonder… 🙂

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          1. Lwbut says:

            I had Faith in your class and good judgement to not need alcohol to be ‘socially acceptable’ – or to lubricate your thoughts. 🙂

            There are somethings in our human life that have very tenuous (Gossamer?) rationalisations, i find. Faith being one of them. Perhaps Love is the greatest one – the one most are most ‘familiar’ with but can it be fully rationalised? I do not find it to be so. Anymore than we can explain in a prefect way what our awareness/conscious self is.

            I almost never went to a party in my teens and twenties with alcohol, always took either juice or soft drinks. I had as much fun as (almost) anyone at them but did not have the hangover afterward! 😉

            And i got to drive home without the chance of losing my license. – Win-win! 🙂

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            1. theresaly520 says:

              I definitely don’t need alcohol to have a good time, but I always wondered if I would have the experience of being a “wine connoisseur”. Do I really need to know the difference between a good brandy vs a bad one? 😀

              I wonder about Martin Luther’s quote “reason is the greatest enemy that faith has”…. Would totally explain the hostile debates between representatives of the two…

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            2. Lwbut says:

              NEED to know the differences/know one wine from another? No!

              Might have fun learning? – decided possibility!

              We live in a world of choices (and their consequences – of which we have limited control!) 😉

              I grew up with a strong leaning towards logic and reason being the ‘right’ path to follow. Faith didn’t really come into the picture. Science could tell me what i wanted and or needed to know. Science was always ‘right’.

              Then i grew up and realised that in fact, science is often wrong – or did not have enough information at the time to give the true picture of circumstances or events.

              Then i looked more at the concept of God, Spirit, Consciousness, Awareness, meditation, and at Christianity through the Bible, not through religious ‘instruction’.

              I try to synthesise the reality of each into a whole. Or, more accurately, try to see how each views the same thing in order to see it more clearly than from a single point of view.

              There is always a bigger picture than we can see at this stage in our development. 🙂

              Regarding Mr Luther… (Having) Faith without Reason is Fantasy. Having Reason without Faith is soulless.

              My blogname btw was to declare my desire to eliminate such hostile discussion and move the poles of ‘Blind’ Faith and ‘Pure’ Reason – believers and non-believers much closer to one another as we are all, at Heart, believers of one thing, or another.

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            3. theresaly520 says:

              lwbut was an acronym! Why did it take me so long to see that? Beautiful desires for the world.

              Thanks for sharing more of your history. It helps me understand where you’re coming from much better! Yes, it’s amazing to see how much has changed in the science world!

              I appreciate your thoughts. It reminds me of an analogy of various people looking through a piece of a stained glass window to see what’s on the other side.

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            4. Lwbut says:

              Always a pleasure sharing thoughts Sa! 🙂

              I enjoy your insight and humour greatly.

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  5. Baldy says:

    You’ve been nominated for a Sunshine Award. It’s not compulsory to participate, and just a bit of fun. Please check out my ‘Novas Sunshine’ blog entry ☀️

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you so much for thinking of me! 🙂


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