S is for Salmon and Sympathy!
Salmon is the common name for several species of fish in the family Salmonidae. Salmon live along the coasts of both the North Atlantic.
Typically, salmon are anadromous: they are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, then return to fresh water to reproduce.
Salmon is a highly nutritious food. Of course, it is high in protein, and the “good fats.” But did you know that a 4 oz serving of wild salmon provides a full day’s requirement of vitamin D? It is one of the few foods that can make that claim. That same piece of fish contains over half of the necessary B12, niacin, and selenium, and is an excellent source of B6 and magnesium. Salmon has omega 3, vitamin A.
Some of my best memories focus around Big Falls, Newfoundland. Here the salmon is fantastic. Yes it is wonderful to taste the salmon but it is also a joy to watch nature in action.
It is so refreshing to sit around the falls and watch people fly fishing for a salmon. It is also simply amazing to watch the salmon jump the falls. On one occasion a huge salmon tried to jump the falls and landed in my sister’s lap. Everyone I know has a story to tell about the salmon jumping the falls. How magnificent the fight, how splendid to see a salmon fly mid-air, spectacular sights and sounds of the falls.
Thes two pictures above is from the magazine from my home province.
So here is my Newfie lingo coming out now.
It is such a joy and contentment perfect strangers on the waters just light up a conversation and become fast friends. Why, who would have known that a salmon the bonding ingredient to a conversation.
Around the falls watching salmon people in the like – camaraderie of nature open up their heart as unto a therapist. The joys of life and the tragedies that are still fresh in their mind and just opened up to you about. Sincere sympathy is the return in the conversation. Though you may have just met them for the first time it is a genuine response.
There’s the magic; sympathy.
Sympathy is an extension of empathic concern, or the perception, understanding, and reaction to the distress or need of another human being. This empathic concern is driven by a switch in viewpoint, from a personal perspective with the perspective of another group or individual who is in need.
Sometimes we forget sympathy, harmony as this story of frustration illustrates.
Zig Ziglar tells a story of a successful big city businessman named Mr. B. Who ends up being late to work one day because of traffic. In the process he misses an important phone call. Irritated at traffic, Mr. B. calls in one of his managers into his office and yells at him about some missing reports he needed YESTERDAY! And guess what….the manager leaves the office noticeably upset.
He stomps right past his secretary and closes the door. She rings in his office and tells him she has an urgent message. He snarls at her, “My door was closed! Can’t you see I’m busy? Leave me alone.” The secretary doesn’t know what hit her. Now SHE is upset and she spends the rest of the day stewing about it is wondering what she did that was so wrong.
When she gets home she is still upset. She passes her 16 year old son’s bedroom. It is a grand mess. She hunts him down and finds him planted in front of the television set playing a video game. And she snaps. “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you 1000 times, clean your room. Your grounded from electronics until your room is spotless.”
The teenager storms upstairs and heads to his bedroom. And guess who should cross his path but the family pet, “Fluffy” the cat. Without warning the teenager swings his foot back and lets’ fly. He gives Fluffy the cat a swift kick across the room. Fur flies as the cat skitters under the table wondering what it did that was so wrong.
Has the scene ever played out in your home? Zig Ziglar asks this question. He asks, “Wouldn’t it have been a lot easier on everybody if Mr. B went to the secretary’s home and kicked the cat himself?”
We ought to live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Actually to Be understanding of one another on an emotional level.
Here is a keen Illustration -
Fathers, Mothers have you ever had one of your daughter’s have a bad day? She comes home from school distraught or crying. As a good father you listen, and you gather all the facts, and when you think you have heard enough of the facts you interject your sagely advice. You think to yourself, “This advice is REALLY GOOD!”
But then your daughter turns to you and stares and finally says, “Dad, you don’t get it. You still don’t understand.”
Father’s mother’s I can tell you, your daughter is not talking about facts. What she wants you to understand is her emotions, how she feels. She is reminding you that you need to try to understand where she is, not factual, but emotionally.
Sympathy and compassion should go hand in hand.
Be compassionate and humble. Compassion is having a fellow feeling for. It’s allowing our heart to ache when someone else’s heart aches. That’s compassion.
Sympathy is also very important when we see tragedies and death has affected our neighbors and friends.
Great Quotes -
Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
~ From a headstone in Ireland
“May tender memories soften your grief,
May fond recollection bring you relief,
And may you find comfort and peace in the thought
Of the joy that knowing your loved one brought…
For time and space can never divide
Or keep your loved one from your side.
When memory paints in colors true,
the happy hours that belonged to you.”
–Helen Steiner Rice
Thanks for reading my bLoG!