Hi…thank you for joining me today!
Last night the children and I walked off the boat, hands full of towels and toiletries to shower before bed. We shower at public marina facilities a short distance from our boat–close enough to walk to, yet far enough away it can be a chore.
Right when we stepped off the boat, I noticed the almost full moon hovering overhead.. I stopped right there to gaze at the moon.
While looking at the moon peeking between clouds, we heard a sound behind us..very close..in the water…almost like something expelling air…
It was quite dark outside, the water was still, the fish were jumping, but this noise was different from the ‘plunk’ of the jumping fish..
So, in the darkness we all three turned almost as a group and let our eyes scan the water..we could see rings on the water’s surface and feel the movement of current lapping against the floating dock we were standing on..
We were calm, yet very curious…very quiet, patiently waiting for ‘it’ to resurface. As we stood on the dock, the boat slips on either side were empty, so whatever it was could appear in front or on either side of us..that close!
My feet rooted to the concrete of the dock, I turned to see a shiny flipper cutting through the water..just a few feet from where I was standing..and then more rings as if whatever it was surfaced then dove down below..
I stood.. transfixed..
Was it a dolphin? A shark? A harbor seal? Again the sound of expelling air and a fin..ever so close.. I wondered if it would come up to the dock..and we all promised in pretty much the same breath that if we were afraid we wouldn’t accidentally push the other into the water..
Eventually it surfaced and ‘it” turned out to be two harbor seals playing together in the finger by our boat..so close we could touch them…Alternately thrilled, yet a bit afraid..we stood there watching..inching closer, then they’d come close to us, we’d all inch back..
Neighbors across the way came out..people walking on the sidewalk outside of our gate stopped to look..we all stood there. The others left, but the kids and I stood there delighted with this play. They played for a good twenty minutes..each time they surfaced we would exclaim excitedly..and then quietly watch them swim and dive…
We absolutely needed to shower to go to bed..yet, when one neighbor called across the way he was disappointed they were not dolphins so went back in..my heart said..who gets this magical display…*We* do! So, we took the time to watch and experience…showers and bed forgotten as we let the magic of the moment encircle us and touch us..
How often is magic purposely/perfectly placed within my life..and do I take the time to receive it gratefully, to experience the full delight…
Or do I rush about my day, eyes down scanning for who knows what, intent on my busyness, missing all that the Universe is asking me to see….
My choice..always..the magic is there ready and waiting..it is my choice to be Aware and to be Open to receiving..
I choose to be aware and open..to take the time..because the time is *now*…
I teach my children to take the time..because the time is *now*..and then to give praise for it..
So, our showers were quick, and we had to forgo our nightly reading..
But man oh man, we saw two harbor seals frolic and swim..right there..
The children are tucked in..with thoughts of harbor seals swimming and playing in their backyard..
Who gets that? In the midst of questioning how I shall move forward with my boating life, I am receiving abundant magic..
I think the Universe Knows..and is Asking me to see..
The Moon knows..that’s for sure…
The Answers aren’t “out there” for me to seek, search, stumble upon…The Answers are right here..always..waiting for me to be quiet and observant enough to notice..
Please share with me what magic was in your day…