A simple hello. A small smile. We never know how we can make other people’s days. We are all so similar to one another. Connected. In search of the same meaning, but on different paths.
I was reminded of this during a recent whale watching expedition. The entire boat of people were craning their necks to see any sign of any whale. We were all running from one side of the boat to the next, hoping for a glimpse. A blow of water, a tail in the air, anything.
Then, it would happen! In a second, it was there! There it was! A whale!
We would see a part of its body lifted above the water. The huge, grand, enormous beauty of these animals, out there in the ocean. Breathtaking and unreal. In one quick blink…it was gone. If you looked away for one small fraction of a second, you would miss it.
It was so fast. So quick to happen. So quick to leave.
I noticed how, like looking for a whale, we are constantly looking, searching for what we want in our lives. And like catching the glimpse of a whale, everything can happen in a flash! It can all change so quickly, so suddenly. Life is so fascinating. Things can be difficult for a period in our lives. So dark that we think nothing will ever change and that it is just the way it is going to be. And then, suddenly, we come out of the darkness. We step into a brighter side of life!
It can all change in the blink of an eye.
As we stood together, huddled at the front of the boat, I started talking to the people around me. And I realized that we are all seekers, in search of meaning. Like looking for a whale, we are out in the world looking, seeking, searching, for our dream lives. Just like looking for a whale, when we are in search of whatever it is that we want – a nicer home, more money, to lose weight, make friends – we have to go out and be seekers.
Search for it. Look for it.
We also have to know what our goal is be able to find it. When we are laser focused on the goal, just like looking for a sign of a whale, we have to be ready. Because it will happen. And we get to enjoy it when it does! Similar to whale watching, we may not always see the glimpses of a whale like we want to, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t out there. What we want is still waiting for us, we just have to keep seeking it.
Keep trying. Keep looking. Keep focused on the goal.
As we gazed out onto the ocean, another amazing thing started to happen. As we waited for any sign of a whale, we also noticed a lot of other cool things. We saw the small song of the birds above, the gentle flapping of the waves, the dolphins playfully jumping with the wake. We breathed in the fresh air, saw the blue sky, felt the love inside. There was so much to appreciate. I realized that even if we didn’t get another glimpse of a whale, it would be fine.
Like life, if we take a step back and stop to think about the things that we already do have, we will feel so much more joy. When we appreciate those little things, we realize we have so much to be grateful for right now. Where we already are.
So I say, keep looking for your whale – keep searching, keep seeking. Keep your hearts & your minds open. Say hello to the people you meet, to anyone that crosses your path.
It’s no secret that the world is big. Yet our souls are bigger. Your dream life is out there , ready for you to take. It starts by becoming a seeker, by searching for it. And when it happens, you can start by saying hello.