Lessons learned from a rubber duck


In 1992, a shipping container fell overboard on its way from China to the United States, releasing 29,000 rubber ducks into the Pacific Ocean. Ten months later, the first of these rubber ducks washed ashore on the Alaskan Coast. Since then, these ducks have been found in Hawaii, South America, Australia, and traveling slowly inside the Arctic ice.

But 2,000 of the ducks were caught up in the North Pacific Gyre, a vortex of currents moving between Japan, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and the Aleutian Islands. Items that get caught in the gyre usually stay in the gyre, doomed to travel the same path, forever circulating the same waters. But not always. Their paths can be altered by a change in the weather, a storm at sea, a chance encounter with a pod of whales.

20 years after the rubber ducks were lost at sea, they are still arriving on beaches around the world, and the number of ducks in the gyre has decreased, which means it’s possible to break free. Even after years of circling the same waters, it’s possible to find the way to shore.

(Jake’s intro from “Touch”)

All of us get stuck sometimes. Whether it’s a habit or a behaviour that doesn’t serve us, an addiction that has us at its mercy, or a toxic relationship. Perhaps we find ourselves in debt and can’t see a way out. Or perhaps we’re stuck in the perpetual nothingness of procrastination, knowing what we should do but seemingly unable to make progress. I’ve been there. And there is a way out. If we choose it. If we pursue it. If we trust it.

And if we only believe – then our belief makes it real.

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