Last year when I wasn’t blogging publicly I kept my thoughts and reflections in a private blog.
I was flicking thru it tonight and came across some reflections I made after watching a doco on salmon swimming upstream. I guess you can draw your own conclusions…
Some thoughts in no particular order:
* There is a life cycle that starts with salmon swimming downstream (past other mature salmon coming up) and out into the ocean.
* The salmon have an inbuilt sense of where to head and are able to find the smallest river all the way from the ocean.
* Upon return from the ocean, in the river mouth some of the salmon get eaten by sharks because the tide is out and they can’t get past
* When they are actually able to navigate the shallow waters of the river, the bears await and many get picked off there.
* The journey upstream is an immensely difficult one with the salmon sometimes just swimming to stay still
* It is a journey that takes everything they have got in terms of energy and life
* Their intention at the end of this is to reproduce
* The bears at the waterfall are also able to pick off the salmon as they lurch themselves upwards and try to keep going
* The salmon change colour when they get past the falls and approach the mating time
* As they mate and lay their eggs they must surrender their own lives.
* They must die to themselves if new life is to occur.
Reckon there are some great lessons in that?