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Widening our circles of compassion

What quote am I vibing? "A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ —a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." Albert Einstein

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild since Last Post: 50

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild in 2020: 588

All-Time Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild: 1112

After my great patio trash sorting a couple weeks ago, I was down for the count with dehydration the next day. A not so gentle reminder that the Florida heat is merciless, and we should take it easy if we have the luxury to do so, which I do. So, I have had a couple easy weeks, but now that the temperatures are getting back to normal (below 90° at some point during the day) - I can return to normal schedule!

This past weekend, Brian and I took a night walk south from Bathtub Reef Beach down to Sailfish Point, hoping to see some hatchlings making their way to the Ocean. We weren't so lucky, but we did see a nest that had hatched within a couple hours with fresh little baby flipper marks, which was - fun too!

As usual, turtles are on my mind.

About a month ago, we were cleaning up Bathtub Reef Beach and a girl was flying her kite.

Girl: What are you doing?

Me: Picking up trash (I showed her the inside of my bucket as I always do, because sometimes people think I say "crabs" and it is just easier to show them.)

Girl: WHY!

Me: Well...

Girl: Is it because of the turtles?

Me: YES! It is because of the turtles.

Brian: That has a lot to do with it.

I think about that conversation a lot, and how I want that girl to always hold the turtles in her heart, and be able to see them, and fly her kite, and breathe fresh sea air. I am so grateful that she understood without me having to say a word. It makes things a whole lot easier when people just immediately understand, heart to heart.

August 26. Kanner Highway. 3 pounds.

August 31. Kanner Highway. 8 pounds.

September 3. Bathtub Reef Beach. 6 pounds.

September 7. Bathtub Reef Beach with Brian. 24 pounds.

September 8. Kanner Highway. 9 pounds.

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