I wanted Flipper to live with me. Even now, I can remember running through pros and cons of how I would go about convincing my folks our bath tub would be more than enough space for him to live in. I was even willing to go all in and throw in the promise of my dolphin buddy not getting any bigger and yes, feeding him every day. Being 5 or 6-years old at the time, it made perfect sense to my boy brain.
This past week or so has seen me once again drawing strength from dolphins. I don’t understand all of it or why images of them haven’t left me alone, but I do take comfort in their playful strength. Beyond that, they are consummate experts when it comes to effortlessly rearranging their routines as they make their way through all kinds of open water.
In a lot of respects I feel like I’ve been swimming in a lot of open water for months now. And that’s OK. Swimming is not the same as adrift. Me, the water, wind and the sky above have always felt like friends.
Tomorrow, I find out if I’m a viable candidate for some pretty amazing surgery – ground-breaking kind of stuff.
Personal anniversaries and bucket loads of overtime at work have left me needing to deeply reset and rearrange some of my routines. Thanks for letting me do that with you.
My wish for us all? Love yourself this week. Give yourself permission to do it. Then, go love somebody else.
On behalf of Ranger Ricks, Sandy, Bud and you-know-who, I hope to see you in good shape 2-weeks from now. Travel well. Go in Peace.
Little River Band – “Cool Change” from their 1979 album, “First Under The Wire.”
Banner Coastal Redwood Forest by Eric E Photography is used with permission.
Flipper: http://en.series-tv-shows.com/flipper-1964/; Smiling Dolphin: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2329463/The-happy-animals-help-smiling-Heart-warming-pictures-creatures-just-dont-life-seriously.html