When I was growing up I lived close to Fraser Island off the Queensland coast. My father always had boats, so we often enjoyed the sheltered waters at the northern end of the Island. We shared those waters with wildlife in a way that is not possible today. Often as we rowed around, we were the only humans there. Whales came up close. Looking into their huge eyes allowed us to form a connection with a being that emitted only peace. In the afternoons we threw scraps of fish to White-breasted Sea Eagles and Pelicans. The connection I formed with nature in those days has shaped a large part of who I am.
Like everyone else, there have been times throughout my life when concerns have thrown me temporarily off course. It’s then that I bring my mind back to the Whales and Pelicans of my youth. Those wonderful creatures have never failed to reconnect me with what is important.