We boated across miles and miles of the lake and saw beautiful scenery, lots of people, too many fish, a beaver or two, and hundreds of ducks.

Of course, none of this was new to my eyes, because it’s all the same things I’ve seen during my many, many trips before this one. However, this time was different; not because what I was seeing had changed, but because I was looking at it with new eyes.

And with my fresh perspective I was able to see things I had never noticed before; and one thing in particular stood out to me.

The ducks.

Funny, I know, but the ducks taught me a valuable lesson on this trip, a lesson I’ll never forget.

On the first day of the trip we found a beach and anchored our boat. Afterwards I decided to wash my hair so into the lake I went.

As I was shampooing my hair I looked over and noticed I had two guests; ducks. I thought nothing of it until the next day I saw literally hundreds more ducks and I noticed something interesting.

They travel in pairs.

I pointed this out to my family and we began talking about how cool it is that many birds-including ducks-never travel alone.

For one reason or another, this stood out to me.

Which is why when I saw a duck without its mate I called out to my dad pointing out this irregularity. He looked and then pointed 15 feet or so off to the left where the other duck sat watching over its mate.

This experience stood out to me because as I thought about the past few years of my life that truly seemed almost unbearable, I thought about how I always felt so alone, like no one was there for me.

But these ducks showed me how mistaken I was.
We are never alone.
There is always someone by us.
At times they’re right by our side, walking step by step with us,
Yet other times someone is 15 feet to your left, quietly watching out for you.

I know you may feel alone,
Like no one is watching over you,
No one is protecting you.
But just like the ducks, someone is always nearby.
Looking out for you,
Guiding and directing you,
And loving you more than you can comprehend.

Look around you,
There is someone nearby.

Sam Healy
Samantha Dru Healy. But you can call me Sam. Or Dru, whichever you prefer. Just please, not Sami.
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