Beyond Language

17 02 2012

Normally I go about my daily business hyper-conscious of the role and significance of language in our lives. But sometimes, very rarely, I’m blown away by the recognition that when all is said and done,  language can be superfluous.

Here’s one such example. It’s lifted, with permission, from the website of a cutting edge designer, Shayla Man – at http://manthelabel.com/blog/ – who took it with permission from Chris Vlahos:

Recent headline of the San Francisco Chronicle. Female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spiderweb of crab traps and lines 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, tail, torso and a line tugging in her mouth.A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands 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 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.