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A Tale of Two Seas!



As you probably recall, the Dead Sea is really a Lake, not a sea.

It’s so high in salt content that the human body can float easily as depicted in the picture above. You can almost lie down and read a book! The salt in the Dead Sea is as high as 35% – almost 10 times the normal ocean water. And all that saltiness has meant that there is no life at all in the Dead Sea. No fish. No vegetation. No sea animals. Nothing lives in the Dead Sea.  And hence the name, Dead Sea.

The other Sea is the Sea of Galilee. Turns out that the Sea of Galilee is just north of the Dead Sea. Both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea receive their water from river Jordan, and yet, they are very, very different.
 
Unlike the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee is pretty, resplendent with rich, colorful marine life. There are lots of plants, and lots of fish too in it. In fact, the Sea of Galilee is home to over twenty different types of fishes.

Same region, same source of water, and yet while one sea is full of life, the other is dead. How come?
 
Here’s apparently why. The River Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee and then flows out. The water simply passes through the Sea of Galilee in and then out – and that keeps the sea healthy and vibrant, teeming with marine life.
 
But the Dead Sea is so far below the mean sea level, that it has no outlet. The water flows in from the river Jordan, but does not flow out. There are no outlet streams. It is estimated that over 7 million tons of water evaporate from the Dead Sea every day. Leaving it salty. It is too full of minerals, and unfit for any marine life.
 
The Dead Sea takes water from the River Jordan, and holds it. It does not give.
 
Result? No life at all.
Now, let’s THINK about it.
 
Life is NOT just ABOUT GETTING. It’s about GIVING. 

We all need to be a bit like the Sea of Galilee. Some  are fortunate to get wealth, knowledge, love or respect, or a combination of these, while some actually have all and more. But if we don’t LEARN to GIVE, we could end up like the DEAD SEA. The love and the respect, the wealth and the knowledge, and ALL we have could all evaporate, like the water in the Dead Sea.
 
If what we have is the Dead Sea mentality of merely taking in more water, more money, more love, more gifts, more of everything, the results can be disastrous.

It is a very good idea to make sure that in the sea of your own life, you have outlets.

In fact, many outlets, for love, for encouraging and lifting others up, for forgiveness, outlets for giving of everything  that you have been blessed with in your life. Make sure you don’t just get, you need to give too.
 
As you open the taps, you will open the floodgates to personal happiness, while making room for even more to flow into your own life. 

From today, I urge you to make a habit to truly share from what has flown into your sea, and experience life… The Experience is more than magical!
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