A Tale of Two Seas
Sitting in the Geography class in school, I remember how fascinated I
was when we were being taught all about the Dead Sea.
As you probably recall, the Dead Sea is really a Lake, not a sea (and as
my Geography teacher pointed out, if you understood that, it would
guarantee 4 marks in the term paper!)
Its so high in salt content that the human body can float easily. 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.
While the Dead Sea has remained etched in my memory, I don't seem to
recall learning about the Sea of Galilee in my school Geography lesson.
So when I heard about the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea and the tale
of the two seas - I was intrigued.
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.
|Sea of Galilee|
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 fact, the sea of Galilee is home to over twenty different types
Same region, same source of water, and yet while one sea is full of
life, the other is dead. How come?
Here 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
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. 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.
Think about it.
Life is not just about getting. Its about giving. We all need to be a
bit like the Sea of Galilee.
We are fortunate to get wealth, knowledge, love and respect. But if we
don't learn to give, we could all end up like the Dead Sea. The love and
the respect, the wealth and the knowledge could all evaporate. Like the
water in the Dead Sea.
If we get the Dead Sea mentality of merely taking in more water, more
money, more everything the results can be disastrous. Good idea to make
sure that in the sea of your own life, you have outlets. Many outlets.
For love and wealth - and everything else that you get in your life.
Make sure you don't just get, you give too.
Open the taps. And you'll open the floodgates to happiness.
Make that a habit. To share. To give.
And experience life. Experience the magic!