It was on a Sunday in 2005; a humpback whale weigh down by around 20 crab traps weighing 90 pounds each was pulling the whale downward. A fisherman spotted the whale struggling to keep its blowhole out of the water. The whale was going to die until that help came to the rescue. When the divers arrived they noticed how tight the nylon ropes had wrapped around the whale. She had cuts because the ropes had dug into her blubber.
Four divers worked tirelessly for an hour cutting the nylon ropes with curved knives. One of the divers noticed something during the rescue. “When I was cutting the line going through the mouth, its eye was there winking at me, watching me,” Moskito said. “It was an epic moment of my life.” The whale stayed still during the entire rescue.
The divers say that when the whale grasped it was free, it began swimming around in circles. Moskito said it swam to each diver, nuzzled him and then swam to the next one. “It seemed kind of affectionate, like a dog that’s happy to see you,” Moskito said. “I never felt threatened. It was an amazing, unbelievable experience.”
The divers were passionate, took risks, and are better off because the experience. The whale showed a sense of calm, a willingness to receive help and appreciation. We can learn a great deal from both the whale and the divers.
As you end this year and enter the New Year reflect on your life…
- Where are you stuck or and caught up?
- What fears, beliefs, and attitudes are getting in the way?
- How can you get untangled and remove what is binding you?
- Do you have the right people in your life that can help you in the effort?
Also reflect on your willingness to help those around you…
- Are you aware of the struggles those around you are encountering?
- To what extent are you tangling up or untangling up your friends and love ones?
- How willing are you to listen and support them?
- Are you willing to take the risk and reach out?
Here is a resolution for the next year…
Engage more. Be authentic. Thank those in your life. We don’t have to wait for such a momentous moment. We can create small moments. Small, but powerful moments.