Yesterday, for only a minute or two, I stopped pushing against the current. I simply pulled my arms to my side, extended my legs, and let the ocean current pull me slowly across the reef. I was not so much snorkeling as floating in the water.
Below me, Christmas ornament fish drifted by; some gathered into dart and run schools that exploded like silent fireworks as I neared them. Just as I wafted over a slightly deeper shelf, I noticed my friend Larry beside me. And then I noticed the sea turtle.
The turtle slowly drifted right up to us. Either of us could have reached out to touch the turtle. At one point, I lifted Larry’s diving fin so that the two of them would not touch. For a minute or two more, the turtle and I drifted along together across the reef. The sunlight shimmered in the water around us as schools of fish sifted through.
For that brief time, I was without weight, without fully composed thought. I was going with…