The Whale 

A female humpback whale had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps
  and lines.

She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused
   her to struggle to stay afloat.  

She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a  
  tugging in her mouth. 

A fisherman spotted her just east of the  Faralon   Islands  (outside the   Golden Gate  ) and radioed  
for help.

Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only  
way to save her was to dive in and untangle her
  --  a very dangerous proposition.  One slap of  
the tail could kill a rescuer. 

They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.  

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles.  
She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, nudged them, and
  pushed gently,  
thanking them.

Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.  

The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was
 following him the  

whole time,  

and he will never be the same.

May you, and all those you love,
  be so fortunate... 
To be surrounded by people  who will help you get untangled  from the things that are binding you. 
And, may you always know the joy
  of giving and receiving gratitude. 

I pass this on to you, my friend, in the same spirit 

Life is short ...forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly,  
laugh uncontrollably...
and never regret anything that made you smile