T.E.A.M. Manatee

“T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Accomplishes More.” I first heard this slogan years ago during my 3-day orientation after being hired at Walt Disney World. It’s one of those things that got stuck in my brain like the theme song of Gilligan’s Island. (My apologies to those of you who are now hearing that tune in your head.) As cheesy as it is, that breakdown of the word “team” is also very true. This week I had a fun opportunity to see clearly just how true. 

On Sunday I facilitated a Family Constellations Workshop at the Center for Spiritual Living in Ocala. A big thank you to everyone who attended and made the event such a powerful healing experience. My friend Cindy, the senior minister at the Center, suggested we go kayaking at Silver Springs State Park on Monday morning before I returned home to Sarasota. I’m so glad we did. It was a perfect morning to enjoy that spectacular place!

As we paddled through the crystal clear water of this natural spring, we encountered a variety of wildlife. There were dozens of turtles sunning themselves on logs trying to get warm after the chilly evening temperatures. We watched a beautiful Great Blue Heron preen its feathers while standing in the golden sunlight. The highlight of our excursion occurred when we happened upon a family of manatees peacefully munching on the aquatic vegetation.  

It was exhilarating to be that close to a herd of manatees in their natural habitat. I loved seeing their gray snouts break the surface of the water to take a breath before gracefully diving back down to the depths, their paddle-like tails the last to disappear. It was also a little scary after my friends shared stories of these large and sometimes playful creatures capsizing kayaks by surfacing directly beneath them. Although I was thoroughly enjoying being on the water, I had no desire to be in the water.  

You may be wondering how “team” fits into this story. Well, there were six of us kayaking that morning. Two friends brought their own one-person kayaks, while the other four rented 2 two-person tandem kayaks. I was in a tandem kayak with my friend Katie. Despite our sibling-like teasing, I think we made a great team. It turned out to be quite an advantage to have two sets of arms powering one kayak. Our friends in the single kayaks had to do all the work to propel themselves upstream when we got to the last part of our adventure. Those of us in the tandem kayaks seemed to expend much less effort to get our boats moving in the right direction. In these divisive times, what a great reminder that we truly do accomplish more when we work together. And it’s more fun! Check out some of the photos below. 

Would you like to work together to accomplish more peace, love, and joy in your life? It would be my great honor to assist you with a series of Spiritual Coaching Sessions. Powerful shifts happen when we work together to identify blocks that are holding you back and then create new pathways to move forward. During our sessions, I will offer practical tools based on principles from A Course in Miracles and Family Constellations. As we wind down 2022, why not make next year your best year yet by giving yourself this gift? Look around my website or send me an email for more information and to book your first session. If you are looking for a meaningful gift for someone in your life who is struggling, gift certificates are available on my website for both Spiritual Coaching and Private Family Constellations Sessions. 

The next time life gets overwhelming and it feels like you are paddling upstream by yourself, choose the tandem kayak. Remember: “together everyone accomplishes more.”

Alone we are all lowly, but together we shine with brightness so intense that none of us alone can even think of it.

A Course in Miracles ~ T-13.X.14:2

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