You may have heard some really cool stories about the dolphin. The dolphin is believed to be intelligent, friendly and very acrobatic. However, not all dolphins are ‘nice’. I doubt if you met the dolphin known as the killer whale in any waters, you will hang around to say hi!
In this post, we will swim with the dolphin and learn about some of its amazing characteristics. Characteristics we could convert to vital lessons to make our stay on this planet worthwhile not only for ourselves but also for people we meet daily.
Dolphins have their ear openings as slits behind their eyes. They have both a unique sense of hearing and excellent vision both in and out of water. Now as any scientist would tell you, the dolphin needs specially adapted lenses and cornea to accomplish this feat because when light passes from air to water, it changes speed.
Let’s pause for a moment and look at this. It does seem that the dolphin, by virtue of the position of its eyes and ears, takes the expression ‘listen with your eyes’ to new levels. The dolphin can adapt its lens and cornea to see things more clearly dependent on whether they are in or out of water. Now ask yourself: have I been able to adapt my eye of understanding to see things more clearly? Or do I take everything literally and jump to conclusions. While it is not advisable to over think issues, we would be saving ourselves a lot of trouble if we adapt our eyes to new territories when we enter them. For example, if you find yourself in a new work environment, will you adapt your vision to align with that of the organisation you are now with or will you choose to maintain your old vision? The latter will certainly be a recipe for disaster.
Speaking of recipes, any ideas what a dolphin eats? Well we shall not be dwelling on the dolphins cuisine, rather we shall be talking about what it does with food after swallowing it. A dolphin has two stomachs, one for storing food and the other for digesting it. The fore-stomach often contains stones that help grind the food ready for it to be digested.
Stop! Let’s chew on this and savour its taste. What can you stomach? Can you develop two stomachs like the dolphin, one for analysing issues and the other for digesting it? When someone makes a comment that you find distasteful, can you send it to your fore-stomach for grinding and removal of worthless materials so that you will only be left with the essentials for final digestion? What if after crushing and churning the information you still find it insulting? Will you regurgitate it instead of sending it to the waste where it belongs? If you spend your time responding to every insult, either perceived or real, then you will have recurring constipation which might lead you to constantly fouling the air around you. Not cool.
Dolphins have also been known to form bonds that may last a lifetime. They support sick and dying pod members and dolphins believe that it belongs to the entire community to train a calf.
May we therefore learn from the dolphin to support people in their causes. When you see a project that requires you volunteer your time or money to help others, do you convince yourself that there is nothing you can give? If your child misbehaves in public and another adult scolds them, do you take offence? If you find a friend willing to stick with you come what may, do you take them for granted?
Remember the dolphin.
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