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What Pure Joy Looks Like

rsz_whale(1)Michael Fishbach is co-founder of the Great Whale Conservancy.  He spends two months of each year on the Sea of Cortez photographing and tracking humpback whales.  On Valentine’s Day of 2011, he came across a young whale in the water that was almost dead.  It had become completely entangled in a nylon fishing net.  Michael and his friends worked steadily to cut the net, piece by piece, away from the whale’s body.  A few hours later the whale was, once again, free.  This is when the show began.  Michael and his friends watched as the whale leapt high out of the water and into the air over and over again, performing at least 40 breaches, along with multiple tail lobs, tail slaps and fin flaps.  It was a magnificent show.  It appeared to be a show of pure joy and real gratitude – a celebration of what it means to be truly free!

Are you free?  Do you listen to and follow your own heart?  Is your life what you want it to be?  Are you doing the things you want to be doing?  Are you spending time with those you want to spend time with?  Does your life express who you really are and what you are truly capable of?  What nylon-type fishing net entangles and holds you back?  Can you cut it away, piece by piece, bit by bit?  Will you do the work required?  How free do you want to be?

Lessons Learned:

Freedom is your birthright.  It is what you deserve.  Work hard to achieve it, sustain it, feel it and live it.  With freedom comes happiness and more importantly, pure joy.

P.S.  You can watch the video of this whale being saved right here (it’s about 8 minutes in length).  As you watch the video, especially as the whale becomes free, think about what freedom means to you.


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