In light of the upcoming New Year, I received an email several years ago entitled “Gratitude” (which is posted below) about the amazing rescue of a humpback whale. Although this story has absolutely nothing to do with cancer, I thought it was a beautiful reminder of how any of us- human being or whale- can beat the odds… and how one small act of kindness can change a life. For these reasons, I’d like to share this story with you…
“In December of 2005, there was a front page story in the San Francisco Chronicle sharing the news about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso and a line tugging in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon 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. 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 as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never 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. I pass this on to you, my friends, in the same spirit.”
I wish you all a very happy, healthy, peaceful & safe New Year. May 2017 be THE year where we beat the odds, make a difference and kick cancer’s ass out of this universe. ;-). xo, Robyn