How is it that I have lived on this planet for over 50 years and never knew that Otters were so cute, that they go to sleep holding hands with another otter because they sleep on their backs and float around in water and so that they don’t lose their loved one, they sleep holding hands with each other. I knew that wild horses were beautiful, that penguins can be shy and stand facing away from crowds with their face up as if sun bathing, that whales bang on the water to call the fish to the surface so that they can dive down into the water and come up to the surface and scoop the fish up in their mouths. But I never knew that otters were so adorable! This has led to an important question, ‘What else don’t I know?’ Clearly, there is much to learn about animals and nature and I know a great place to start; The library! I’ve been a big fan of the library since my kids were little. Documentaries are a great way to learn.
And did you know that raccoons could dance and tumble? Or that they could be a pet? I always thought they were dangerous and carried rabies (and they can be and if infected, do carry rabies!) And did you know that President Coolidge and his wife had a pet raccoon named ‘Rebecca’? Or that raccoons can run up to 15 mph and that they can be aggressive (unless sick) during mating season? Their fingers are so ‘nimble’ they can untie shoe laces and unlatch a gate or refrigerator and pick up a thin dime. Raccoons are so smart! – They have a large array of vocalizations. They purr, whistle, growl, hiss, scream and even whinny. I’m surprised by these facts because I have always been afraid of raccoons and seeing a presidents wife holding her pet raccoon, Rebecca, and seeing this family (please watch the video) laughing and enjoying their pet raccoon opens my eyes to all the possibilities.
Did you know that scorpions can hold their breath for up to six days? And that grizzly bears can run as fast as a horse? Did you know that there are pink dolphins in the ocean?
So I was getting ready for the Concert; I was blessed to have a mandolin, harmonica and another guitar player join me early to prepare for the sing along portion of the program. Two women walked in with huge flower arrangements for either side of my stool. The lights were set low and slides were up on the huge screen and monitors in place so that I could hear and see what the audience sees. As I sat in the sound booth and made some last-minute changes to the slides, some one came up to me and said, “Can you do two things at once?”. I said, I used to be able to do twelve things at once. I’m down to two! Go ahead.” He said, “Before you go home tomorrow, would you be willing to sing in a Lutheran Church? Just two songs?” I said, “I would love to do that. Let me speak to my driver (Thank You, Lord, that I have one, a driver that is, for this weekend. My friend Bob’s parents live five miles from the church that I sang at this weekend. I stayed at the local hotel, a mile away.)
The concert was about to begin and the connection for the slides was on and off and on and off. So I decided to begin and sing a little and give them a few minutes to get it working. Twenty minutes later, the “MC” made the introduction and added, “And Sally will be singing in the Lutheran Church tomorrow!” I thought, “Ok, I guess that’s that! I’m singing at another church tomorrow. Thank You, Lord!” I felt a bit distressed as I didn’t run it past my friend/ my driver who had said, he wanted to leave at 9, no later than 10 so that we could avoid ‘Mother’s Day’ traffic. Oh well!
“We thought conditions Drove us to drink”…. It never occurred to us that we needed to change ourselves to meet conditions what ever they were.” (Day 1 ‘As Bill Sees It’)
Some one, recently, said, ‘You can tell what kind of spiritual experience a person has by their ‘driving etiquette.’ As I’m in and out of the car all day for my job, I’ve been thinking a lot about my car etiquette and how I still require a lot of changes and how sin-full …or shall I say, how full of sin I still I am, (I equate sin with selfishness.) especially in the car when driving. It’s where I see my impatience… selfishness …. And it’s an incredible opportunity for growth and change…. Yesterday when I saw the guy on the bike… it was nice to wait extra long at the stop sign and see His relief when I waved him to go first and he looked sincerely relieved… when I was on my bike a few days ago, I thought.. don’t cars realize how hard it is to get back your momentum … how can they expect the bike to stop for them? It’s like seeing people walk in the rain… really? Does the car have to go first when we are sitting dry? I’m amazed at how much I’m learning about myself and about sin and selfishness while sitting alone in my car… Here are five changes that I focus on when driving my car. . .