Ripples v8.47: Ripples of THANK-FULL!
11/20/06: a FREE splash from Paul & The Ripples Project
Just for today, give thanks!
Put the THANKS back in your day and you will be FULL!
Those who give are thankful – while those who are thankful give.
-Sark, submitted by Sarah H., DeKalb IL
If you had read the front-page story of the SF Chronicle on Thursday, Dec.14, 2005, you would have read about a female humpback whale that had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines.
Hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat weighted her down. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail and her torso, and a a line tugging in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an Environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her, a very dangerous proposition. One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.
When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around and thanked them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The person who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the entire time, and he will never ever be the same.
May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate—-to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude and love.
-submitted by Kasie M., Bowie MD
For all our members, both long-time and recent,
for all the quote submissions, and
for all the kind messages I have received over the past 8 years: