The plight of the world’s whales is deeply, deeply affecting to me. And so I tearfully celebrate the rescue of the humpback seen in the video as well as the rescue of another humpback as recounted in the Radiolab episode. (I must say that the miracle of these two stories rests with me as I recall the recent report of a Canadian fisherman who was tragically killed in the process of disentangling an endangered right whale.) But what to make of the unexpected actions of these two humpba...
The plight of the world’s whales is deeply, deeply affecting to me. And so I tearfully celebrate the rescue of the humpback seen in the video as well as the rescue of another humpback as recounted in the Radiolab episode. (I must say that the miracle of these two stories rests with me as I recall the recent report of a Canadian fisherman who was tragically killed in the process of disentangling an endangered right whale.) But what to make of the unexpected actions of these two humpback whales, once freed? Were they feeling and expressing gratitude toward their rescuers? Who am I to say for sure? But I choose to live in a world where this is possible.
Thank you for this beautiful, ambiguous question, which I continue to turn over and over in my mind.
Since you asked for a story, I am reminded of an experience I had last summer. Every morning I would rise well before dawn and refill the two hummingbird feeders, one each hanging under the eave of the front and back porch. And I spent a lot of time sitting on the porches enjoying the bright company of ruby-throated hummingbirds. At the height of the season, there could be up to eight adult and juvenile hummers weaving in and out and around the feeders. Sometimes the feeders would be drained of sugar water by late afternoon. It was common, then, for a hummer to pointedly hover facing me at eye level just an arm’s length away, in order (I came to believe) to draw my attention to the feeder, which at those times would invariably be empty. And they would wait watchfully on the nearby clothes line or in the spruce tree until I emerged from the house with a clean, refilled feeder, swooping in to drink while I was still reaching up to hang it. A few times, one even hovered directly in front of the kitchen window as I was washing dishes, as if to summon me outside. But there was one particular adult female who visited me several times mid-morning when the feeders were full. As I sat in the porch swing, she hovered just inches from my face and then began swinging back and forth like a pendulum, never breaking eye contact. The last time this happened, she ended the display by perching for a moment right next to my shoulder on the metal chain from which the swing was suspended, making soft twittery noises. I was fully enchanted by this experience and could only think at the time that she was saying ‘thank you.’
Thank you, Fabiana, for this loving and lovely tribute to our dear Mary Oliver. You hold a door open to new experiences… following the link to her 2001 reading and stopping there to listen was a distinct joy and solace for me this morning. Bright blessings to you.
Thank you, Lang. As always, your soundscapes and videos leave me enchanted. I have no doubt that your offerings will continue to be healing for many. It is heartening to read how you have made your path by walking. My best wishes to you.
Nothing fancy, this is just to say that I am here and am feeling so grateful for this community. Early this morning before dawn, I lit my candle for all of you, each one of you, for us. May the warmth of my heart convey what words do not.
My friends, I am deeply touched by your replies below. It seems that difficult inner processes keep me from responding with more words. Wishing peace to all.
Dear Alicia, I am so touched by the way you reached out to me with your beautiful thoughts on the ocean. I am grateful that you are here with us. Sending warm thoughts your way. Sent with love from grateful sea.
Dear Mary, you are in the midst of your workday now and I am thinking of you with love.
I also join, sending loving kindness to all.
Hi Alicia, I am happy to see you and to hear of your new-found burst of energy. We’ve also had a tease of spring here in the mountains of Virginia. I saw a very muddy box turtle out in the yard yesterday and as it is even a bit warmer today with light rain, I wonder if I will hear spring peepers calling when I head out for a walk? I will enjoy as colder weather will return this weekend. Take care.
Thank you, dear friend. Your reply cheers my day, which is so far a bit gray.
Thank you for these very beautiful words and wishes, dear Anna, that bring grateful tears. Yes, another world is possible. As Charles Eisenstein writes, it is “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”
Oh I can imagine the light on the moving water, all the birds, and you on the bridge, smiling. Blessings, thank you.
Dear Michele, I have also been thinking of Mary and her husband. Thank you for voicing. Wishing you a good day with love from grateful sea.
I am with you, dear Ursula, and Palm too — I am a loner. And so absolutely cherish our common prayer intention through which hearts can join across differences in time, space, religion, language… Sending love and light from grateful sea.
May it be so, dear Michele. Namaste.
Love and blessings to you, dear Palm. It is a beautiful image, the candle standing tall, and the pure white light of the flame leaping up. Thank you for sharing. I joined our circle in spirit early Tuesday morning but was not able to write until now. Sending you good wishes for evening from grateful sea.
Dear Michele, thank you for your beautiful kindness to me. Sending love from grateful sea.
Dear Sylvie, I am truly touched by your thoughtfulness and care toward me. Your words arrive at just the right time. My injury is still quite tender but overall much better. I have been wanting to thank you for sharing the beautiful Taize song earlier, as I have been feeling the need to learn some new songs and am encouraged that Taize is something I can explore. Sending love to you and Awinchen from grateful sea.
Dear Ose, I will miss you and will keep you most tenderly in my heart and prayers, sending love and light from grateful sea.
Dear Michele, we are so blessed to know you. Sending love from grateful sea.
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