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I was waiting for my wife to join me for lunch – perched high up in the terraced café’s


balcony – and overlooking torrents of river water cascading over the remains of a 19th


century mill-dam.



Enjoying a birds’ eye view of the rocky wilderness and enveloped by the


thunderous sounds of crashing rapids below, I noticed a lone seagull quietly standing on a


large flat rock amidst this watery chaos. As the river swirled around his feet, he cocked


his head and his eyes seemed to be blinking up at me.



I said: “Hey … don’t look at me, I’ve got nothing to throw your way; I’m waiting for


my dinner too!” Having infinitely more patience than me, he stood his ground – I


settled in with a beer.



When my wife arrived, she decided to toss him a slice of lemon; but he


never budged. I guess he wasn’t much of a vegetarian … probably waiting for


someone with fries (delivered a little closer to his dinner plate, if you please).



A little further downstream, where the torrents of water died down to a quiet and serene


pastoral scene; I noticed a single solitary plant precariously hanging for dear life, high up


on the face of a sheer rock cliff – natures intrinsic sense of survival. It always amazes me


what a change in perspective can bring to your feelings … just part of life.


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—


I took the one less traveled by,


And that has made all the difference.


          Robert Frost



Getting up to leave and looking back down at the still unflinching seagull below, I


thought: “See you later my fine feathered friend; but what else can you expect … slim


pickings on a Monday afternoon”.


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