A whale of a challenge
Can you imagine how fearless you would be if the challenge was exhilirating enough to help you forget why you were afraid?
What would you start doing differently?
Or if the reward – completely non-monetary and with little promise of promotion, recognition or public accolade – was bigger than you, completely outside of you?
This story broke in the San Francisco Chronicle recently and it demonstrated the power of what a few humans thought when faced with ‘saving’ an animal that’s literally hundreds of times their weight and size.
The whale, struggling under hundreds of pounds of netting, on the verge of drowning, was saved by a group of biologists and divers who literally jumped in and started cutting nets away and around her eyes, flukes and pectoral fins. DIving in with small curved knives was the group’s final decision upon realizing every other possible alternative was going to be futile.
“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”
Faced with a ginormous challenge, arguably one that could mean life or death (ever wondered what it might be like to wacked by a 15-18 ft pectoral fin by the force from a frightened, drowning 45-52 ft whale?), they jumped in. No toe-dipping there.
Small things; a walk around the block, one conversation with a work ally asking for support, a first swim across the pool, a first 5k run with friends… it all starts with 60 seconds of saying “what if”.
Onward and upward, always.