Gratitude Attitude

Gratitude Attitude

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.”

Lionel Hampton

Humpback gives thanks after rescue

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 spider web 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.

Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

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.

Life is good.

Compliments of Dr. Dean Allen

  • Kyle Clouse
    Posted at 11:03h, 27 November Reply

    Great post Julie. What a powerful story. You find your true friends when you discover those who push you to do your best.

    • Julie Branham
      Posted at 15:00h, 29 November Reply

      Indeed. But what about those that call you on your bluff? Be true, pure and real and everyone will know where you stand. Just like the divers and the whale did.

  • Linda Black
    Posted at 20:15h, 27 November Reply

    Wow! I love this story. Incredible that the strongest emotion from the whale when freed wasn’t fear or anger but that of love and gratitude. Always looking for the good in a bad situation. Great lesson to learn!!

    • Julie Branham
      Posted at 15:02h, 29 November Reply

      It is a great lesson to be non-judgmental like the creature in the animal kingdom. If we can only remember and apply the gratitude attitude to all we do.

  • Cheri Brooks
    Posted at 17:49h, 28 November Reply

    Thanks for the great story ! It brought tears to my eyes. I love that the whale touched each diver who helped to free her. I love the unexplicable feeling of love that I have when I am touched by caring friends. I want to nudge thank you to each one personally !

    • Julie Branham
      Posted at 15:04h, 29 November Reply

      Nudge-Nudge-wink-wink-know what’a mean-know what’a mean. Love your way too Cheri 🙂

  • neeta fraser
    Posted at 10:50h, 01 December Reply

    After having been absent from yoga for 1.5 months, it was so rejuvenating to attend the Restorative class. Julie, thanks for revitalizing me and challenging me. It was an awesome class with some pain,of course (a good thing).

    • Julie
      Posted at 17:05h, 01 December Reply

      Thanks to you for your willings to go through the tough stuff to experience the joy of rejuvenation!! 10 gold stars to ya.

  • Heather
    Posted at 10:36h, 06 December Reply

    I hadn’t heard the complete story and loved hearing it. It is great timing for the Christmas season of gift-giving to remember gratitude for those to whom I am giving a gift. That is a better motivation than the stress of finding something, Thanks for the reminder of what this season is all about–a celebration of gratitude for the birth of the Son of God.

    Posted at 14:23h, 11 February Reply

    This is the 2nd posting, of your blog I personally went through.
    And yet I love this specific one, “Gratitude Attitude | Lifted Life Yoga – Alpine Yoga Studio” the very best.
    Regards ,Nichole

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