John & Anne Wiley

2012/03/23

Some Days

Every day can bring magic, growth and delight for those willing and able to greet Life. This is my belief and experience, even though sometimes it can be challenging to release invitations to negativity and despair. Well yesterday it was especially easy to live in bliss. For one thing, our precious God-Daughter is visiting from CT with our dear friend her mom Julie. We’ve been joined this visit by Molly’s UCSB classmate Sarah, who of course is also a great delight. While the three of them took a playful and nostalgic walk around campus, Anne and I took a friend on a short flight. After texting them when we were taking off, we started out climbing over UCSB so they could see us wave our wings. Some days are just Special, and every moment of that flight qualified. There was thin mist draped over parts of the harbor on the otherwise clear coastline.

0970 Harbor Garnish

0970 Harbor Garnish

Then the enchantment really exploded when Anne spotted this whale close to East Beach.

1014 RainBlow

1014 RainBlow

We circled for several minutes as it swam lazily East before sounding. This one shot captured the mist of a large blow, just as the sun angle changed it from white to orange in the rainbow angle of our “glory” directly opposite us from the sun where our shadow would be. I’ve posted other pix on Edhat and our Photo Page, but here’s one more for today’s blog.

0987 I Was a Whale

0987 I Was a Whale

When precious niece Erin was three I told her about the day I swam a mile out to a humpback mother and calf off Maui. She listened with rapt attention and then began her own story with, “When I was a whale…” We were so charmed by the immediacy of her imagination, and it mirrored our own experience of unity with all Life that is somehow evoked in the presence of whales. Some days seem to powerfully nudge us toward an ever more fully conscious and complete embrace of Life, especially welcome as we near the passing of our dear Dad.

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