Happy Day of the Eve of St. Patty’s Day! Hope you have all adjusted to the clock change and are ready to spring into a new season. I feel like this is going to be the most authentic spring, ever! Remember the song Gloria Estefan wrote and recorded (after Hurricane Andrew which took out a nice chunk of Miami) Coming out of the Dark? It was a song that brought so, so much hope to all that had endured living WITHOUT most everything for way too long. That song keeps playing on a loop in my head, this week. The storm the whole world has been enduring the past 12 months is beyond anything any of us ever imagined we might actually live through!
Tomorrow Mitch and I are scheduled to get our first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. I am sharing this info, because most of my friends, family, students and clients know I am NOT much about the vaccines. Even as I taught inside of gyms several hours a day, every day, I opted out of shingles and flu shots. I have always had a lot of faith in my immune system and still do, but for the sake of my loved ones, for the sake of getting back to some sort of normalcy and above all for the sake of THE GREATER GOOD, we are jumping in with both feet. Knowing so many who have already gotten both and so many who haven’t gotten a first yet, as all states are handling this differently, my hope is if you are waiting for one, it won’t be long.
What I really wanted to share today was a little experience a few of us had over the weekend. Mitch and I met my cousin and her boyfriend, both visiting from New York, for a walk through a local nature preserve. They would have been really excited to see a gator, but we didn’t. Well we thought we did, but it was a log pretending to be a gator and it was REALLY hard to tell it wasn’t! Then, a bit further along, we spotted a pretty big turtle. We watched him for a while and he didn’t move at all. After some time, it became pretty clear he had to be dead. He was so limp…totally motionless. I think we were about to keep walking on when he started to show signs of life and of course was soon swimming off happily.
Clearly the moral of the Log and the Turtle, is that things often are not at all as they appear. We live in such an instant/urgent society, it would probably be to all our benefit, to take an extra moment or two before judging/reacting/coming to conclusions! That turtle was probably just napping and enjoying some sunlight. He was obviously in no rush to get where he was going cause he knows slow and steady not only wins, but makes the whole race more special.
Pay attention to the animals. They have much to teach us, if we just tune it.