The Habits of Sea Otters


Yesterday I had a routine medical appointment.   Since I  purchased an iPad a few years ago, I no longer dread the long wait time before an appointment.  I bring my iPad, and play Words with Friends for however long it takes for the nurse to call my name. But yesterday I noted that  my iPad battery was very low.  I had not brought my charger with me so I was unable to power up the iPad.  I almost went into a frenzy–How could I function without my electronic entertainer?

I  had to resort to reading a magazine about nature.  Generally a magazine about nature  would be my last choice for leisurely reading, but the patients who arrived before staked their claims to the most recent editions of  my top choices:  O, Coastal Living, and Sports Illustrated.  A magazine about nature  was the only thing left for me to peruse. By its clean, unwrinkled cover and pages it was easy to see that no one before me had chosen to read it.

I reluctantly began checking the table of contents.  Since I am afraid of heights, the article about mountain climbing was of no interest to me.  The  one about walking the Appalachean Trail alone to “find my inner self” had little appeal as well.  However, a cute photo caught my attention and I began to read an article that described the instinctual habits of the sea otter. I learned an interesting fact that will endear me to sea otters for the rest of my life:   sea otters hold hands while they sleep so that one of them doesn’t drift away.  How cute is that?  I like the idea that these two sea creatures value what they have together and  protect it by eliminating the possibility of drifting apart.

Sea otters hold hands while they are sleeping so that  one doesn’t drift away.

Similarly, we often see adults holding the hand of a small child to prevent the toddler from “drifting away. ”  My friend’s husband has Alzheimer’s and she holds his hand wherever they go, for the same reason, to make sure he doesn’t drift away.  Due to the 47%  rate of marriages ending in divorce, maybe married couples should consider the practice of the sea otters so that neither of them even thinks of “drifting” away.  While my thought about married couples is tongue-in-cheek, we are aware that couples, families, and friends have to consciously do things to keep together, to avoid the possibility of drifting away.

Women with high SUCCESSTROGEN know the value of relationships and partnerships.   In business, they know to maintain the synergy of their associates, recognizing both the individuals and the teams so they do not drift apart.  In their homes, these women consciously organize dates with their spouses, and events with their children, so no one drifts away from the family unit. And in their relationships with friends, they do the same, keeping in touch and getting together in spite of their busy lives.

I spend considerable time keeping my family from drifting apart, but I can do much better “holding hands” with my friends so neither of us drift away. How about you, is there a hand in need of your hold?

One response to “The Habits of Sea Otters

  1. Maryann.. You are always providing me food for thought- life offers us many opportunities to hold hands and too often we shy away – I know a few folks I could help by just spending a little time

    Thanks MA, Dennis

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