• jonescharyl


It was many years ago, and I still remember it so clearly.

My husband Mike who was my husband then, and I went on my father in laws boat. We were sailing around the South Catalina Island, one of California's Channel Islands.

We anchored, the boat, to enjoy lunch and then Mike and I took our kayaks out on the water. We kayaked quite far out, and we saw seals laying on the rocks sleeping in the hot sun.

We kayaked over and saw a cave , we knew it was a seal cave. Curious we kayaked over to the opening; Mike started to kayak though the opening , feeling apprehensive, I said, "I don't think we should be going in there.

He went in, I followed , we paddled very quietly , so as to not make any startled sounds . The air was cold and damp, and smelled of rot and decay, it smelled of death. There were hundreds of seals. I looked all around , and I saw, there were seals very old, their skin peeling off, gray whiskers, laying on the ledges of the cave moaning. I whispered to mike, "lets get out of here." We very carefully turned our kayaks around , ( I didn’t want to flip over in a seal cave!). As we paddled out I saw young seals diving up out of the water and throwing fish on the ledge to the older seals . All around splashing and bobbing , the younger seals feeding the older seals. My heart was filled with compassion and the beauty of what I saw. I felt like an invader, trespassing into their sanctuary .

Humanity can always learn from animals . We owe a debt to the old, who gave and gave. Who loved us and said " do something that makes you happy." Experience teaches us lessons . I learned a lesson that day. I can still close my eyes and hear the barking of the seals across the wide blue water.

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  • jonescharyl

The busyness of the Ordinary, chores, jobs, endless responsibilities can rob us of seeing the Extraordinary, that magical realm, we so fear to tread.

Set your intentions high, so you have to climb harder, higher and higher to get there - through the hurdles of challenges, as you trek on your journey, you will see the Extraordinary. The world around you becomes brighter, full of promise; the small things you ignored before, looms in front of you, in all their spectacles of light. A spring flower is showing off her beautiful color, and as you walk past, she says, "I am pretty, tell me I am pretty," and so you bend down and say, "yes little flower you are so pretty." And it is there, you feel in your heart in your soul, the Extraordinary is all around you.


The everyday ordinary won't drown me in the waters of Despair!


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  • Charyl Jones

There are times I had always felt I am an airplane that never took off to its destination

always on standby, sitting on the runway waiting, where is there to go?

The vastness of expectations and dreams is frightening; I have felt a shift these last two years, new ideas and challenges have crossed my path, that has helped me to see there is clearance ahead for takeoff . I am strapped in, I am ready , I lift, lift into the beyond. I look out of the window and see the soft pink clouds over the top of Canfield mountain .

Ahead it looks clear, I know there will be storms ahead , that will try to push me to go back. I will keep flying. I am flying solo, no flight plan. I have no fear, for I am the PILOT.

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