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Oceans For Emotions: I learned it from a seagull

Sept. 22, 2010 at 4:22 a.m.
Updated Sept. 24, 2010 at 4:24 a.m.

Elaine Wheat

By Elaine Wheat

"And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, 'Go.'"

- Amos 7:15

Rituals are comfortable things that you follow with or without thinking. My ritual for when I have finished a morning of fishing, goes like this: I put my tackle in the car, made my pimento and cheese sandwich, flopped on my lawn chair to drip-dry while I ate my sandwich. I always use pimento and cheese because I can hold it by one corner and nothing falls out, and I can't smell my fishy hands. Then I enticed a seagull up near me and pitch him the left over corner. Good ritual, huh?

I had some extra bread, so I made "Sea Gull Bread Balls" to toss it to my solitary gull. After the second toss, he started his well-known seagull call, and gulls started coming from all around to get their free lunch. I thought how if my seagull had kept his mouth shut, he could have had all of them for himself, but obviously, that is not the way seagulls do it. It was "one for all, and all for one." I guess that is why we usually see flocks of gulls instead of just one gull.

As I sat and watched the community feeding, it started reminding me of some people I have watched and studied. See if you agree with me. (No phone calls, please!)

Smiling people make people smile back; fussy babies make fussy parents and vice versa; good people make people better; angry people make people around them angry; really rich people run around with other really rich people, but don't make anyone any richer; people who will tell you a secret will tell your secret; "know-it-all" people don't have anyone to tell all they know to, because no one is there to listen.

I do know one thing, I have to get out of here because seagulls sometimes share more than their lunch, and I'm getting pelted.

Dear Lord, Help me to be try to be the best me I can be. I can do this only if I follow You and proclaim Your Gospel.

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