Subject: Fw: GRATITUDE

This is a story for our times,  bringing together how we can "right" our relationship
with all life and  receive one of the greatest gifts in return - gratitude.  

...The  Whale... If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco  Chronicle,
you would have read about a female humpback whale who had  become entangled in
a spiderweb of crab traps and lines.

She was  weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle 
to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped  around her body,
her tail, her torso and a line tugging in her  mouth.

A  fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the  Golden Gate )
and radioed an environmental group for help.

Within a few  hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, 
the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked  for hours with
curved knives and eventually freed  her.

When  she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous  circles. 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.

May  you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be  surrounded by people
who will help you get untangled from the  things that are binding you. And, may you always
know the joy of giving  and receiving gratitude.