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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Hope Floats

I have an image burned indelibly into my memory.  I see eleven small, black-and-white bodies moving in unison out to sea.  They are moving away from a line of smiling humans holding empty boxes.  On their left, another group of smiling humans, some of them holding cameras, watches them go.  There is much joy in the watching, but also much sadness, for there is a lingering memory of many other feathered beings whose lives ended before they were able to make this journey home.  Today, it is much easier not to dwell in that place of sadness.
The eleven swimming birds disappearing into the distance represented more than simply a handful of Common Murres returned to the wild.  They were a testament to the willingness of a large group of people to sacrifice their time, money, sleep and comfort to help other living creatures that were in distress.  They were living illustrations of the ability of humans to extend their compassion beyond themselves, beyond their acquaintances and even beyond their own species.  At a time when compassion seems increasingly hard to come by, the selfless actions performed by so many people in assisting these birds provide proof that compassion is still alive and well in our world.


  1. I've heard it said , humans are the one species on the planet the world would not miss. But there is a vision in my mind that these times could be our first baby steps on a long evolutionary path leading to true compassion and the wisdom and understanding to be real caretakers. There are so many positive movements gaining strength, that did not exist 50 years ago.
    Love your posts.

  2. Beautiful article. Thanks for sharing!

    Your column is one of my favorites. And, as much as I struggle with the wisdom of this quote, it does shed perspective on our plight.

    "Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm." ~Idries Shah~

    Thanks for being a breath of fresh air.


    PLease check your email address, I am recieving all your emails for when some posts comments, Please fix.