Even-Toed Ungulate

What in the world is an even-toed ungulate?

Here’s an example:


An ungulate is another word for a hoofed animal. Specifically, a camel is an Artiodactyla, meaning an even-number toed animal. Even more specially, it is of the family camelidae, and it’s related to the llama.

But you didn’t want to know that.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Old camels are tough, chewy, and flavorless.
  2. The United States Army had a US Camel Corps.
  3. Camel humps aren’t for holding water; they store fatty tissue.
  4. Sweating is minimal in camels.
  5. “A camel’s stomach knows no limits.” They can eat pretty much anything.
  6. In Arabic, there are over 160 words for “camel.”
  7. Like women in heels, camels walk on their toes, but they walk silently due to the padding on the bottom of their feet.
  8. Their long eyelashes enable them to walk through sandstorms.

Here’s what we can learn from camels:

  1. Keeping a childlike attitude will help you stay tender and flavorful as you age.
  2. (you didn’t need to know that, but it’ll help in Trivial Pursuit)
  3. That big nose you have? Don’t fret over it; God gave you your perceived “imperfections” for a reason.
  4. Go about your day, moving and working. Don’t worry about sweating.
  5. Don’t let a camel eat you, because they will. Maybe.
  6. Make a mark.  Do something worth remembering.  A lot.  What’s worth remembering?  Being a loving Dad.  Being an excellent student.  Being a Mom who provides.  Being a great worker.  Being kind.
  7. Learn to balance minimally. It takes more effort, but in the end, it puts less stress on you.
  8. You will be able to walk through the storms in life if you utilize perhaps the smallest, most overlooked feature in your life — God. You were created to journey with God. If you try to cut out God from your life, it’s like cutting off your eyelashes. You won’t be able to make it. And sand in the eye hurts.
Which of those principles do you need to work on?

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