There is something about the sight of the ocean that engenders a huge sense of peace in me. I’m not sure if it’s the size, the sound of the waves, or the fact that it puts things in perspective by making me realize how small I am (along with any perceived problems.)
Or it could be that it’s home—the place we all come from.
Regardless, I’m fortunate to live close enough to get there any day. I don’t get there often enough, mind you, but I can.
Today, June 8th, World Oceans Day, “is an annual observation to honour the world’s oceans, celebrate the products the ocean provides such as seafood as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value.” With nearly three-quarters of our big, blue planet made up of seas, one day of attention doesn’t seem to be too much to ask. In fact, I’ve often thought, that the ocean might hold the answer to some mankind most gnarly problems if only we’d think about it in some new ways.
If you’re not sure how you could contribute, here are some ideas for last minute celebrations. For my part, I’m doing two things. The first–Wear Blue, Tell Two, is an initiative for increasing awareness. Actually, I’ll tell more than two, but that’s the catchy name for it. And, second, I’m contributing 100% of the proceeds from today’s sales of Dolphin Girl to The Ocean Foundation, the fiscal sponsor of World Ocean’s Day.
Jane, the main character of the novel, is spiritually drawn to the ocean and its friendliest citizens as she seeks to break away from her oh-so-ordinary life. It’s specially priced at 99 cents for a limited time at Amazon.
I hope you’ll leave a comment and let me know how you’re celebrating the day. And I hope you enjoy this song by Bob Schneider, along with some beautiful images of marine life.