Three Places to Interact with Dolphins in Hawaii

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Visitors to Hawaii frequently see dolphins from shore or on a whale-watching cruise or fishing boat. Visitors sometimes happen to be in the water snorkeling or kayaking when a pod of dolphins swims by. Some visitors even seek out dolphins, either by frequenting areas where dolphins live and play, like Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island, or by taking a boat tour that frequents areas where dolphins live and play.

If however, you want to ensure up-close dolphin interaction you can pay for the privilege at three locations in Hawaii.

  1. Wildlife Removal Company

Pros:

Kids 5 years and up can participate.

Cons:

No actual’swimming’ with dolphins. The Dolphin Quest Program on the Big Island is located at the Hilton Waikoloa Village hotel. You do not need to be a guest at the hotel to participate in or watch the dolphin programs. The program includes dolphin trivia and facts, close up examination the program’s captive dolphin’s body parts like teeth and tail, getting to feed the dolphins, being in the water with the dolphins, and watching them submerged with the mask. Each individual also gets a few photo opportunities touching or holding a dolphin in various poses.

2.

Pros:

Extensive program for children 5 to 12.

Cons:

No actual’swimming’ with dolphins. The Oahu program is located at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Although the Oahu and Big Island programs are similar in theme, there are differences. The Oahu program includes lots of the very same aspects as the Big Island program but here kids have an opportunity to interact with sea fish and sea turtles. Oahu also offers a program that’s half as long and a little less expensive.

3. Sea Life Park on Oahu

Pros:

If your dolphin is willing, you get to hold onto his/her dorsal fin for a swim.

Cons:

Out of a 45 minute program, only 15 of it is in the water. Only for ages 13 and up. This program also includes the purchase price of admission to Sea Life Park. It features a whole lot of in-depth dolphin facts and a few close up dolphin interaction, also 15 minutes from the water with the dolphins. Photographs are also available.

Breaking Promises Is Not Okay!

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In politics people don’t always keep 24 7 Wildlife Control.¬†From the 2010 election into the House of Commons, all of the Liberal Democrat Party candidates took a pledge to oppose any increase in university tuition fees and to campaign for their abolition. But after forming a coalition government with the Conservatives, 21 of 57 Liberal Democrat MPs voted to raise the fees.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama vowed repeatedly throughout the 2008 election to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, but the prison remained open during the entirety of his Presidency. I suspect most of us recognize that election promises have to be afterwards shaped by expediency and compromise.

But what about the critical promises we make in our personal lives? Those made to people we know concerning all kinds of matters. Is it okay to break our own promises?

Contractual promises
The law doesn’t always enforce promises. I might renege on a verbal agreement to sell my home to you because a better offer came along. There’s not any simple way of you proving in law which you have been gazumped if I signed nothing.

However, usually a person, who is in breach of contract, is liable to compensate another party.

But non-legal promises may also be difficult to escape from. Who wants to be viewed as unreliable for not keeping their word? A reputation as an honest person is easily lost and hard to regain. The world is quick to judge.

Pragmatic considerations
The question about breaking or keeping one’s promises usually relates to non-contracted promises. What is the importance of others and yourself and the circumstances in which one considers breaking them?

In his book How to Make Good Decisions and Be Right All the Time, Iain King indicates that claims should be kept’unless they are worth less to others than a new option would be to you.’ He reckons this takes a relevant, unforeseen and reasonably unforeseeable change in the circumstance. A change that is judged to be more important than the guarantee itself. Rash promises made in a state of excitement or on in the impulse of the moment are an obvious case in point. On the other hand, some of us are specialists in self-justification to suit our needs. Deciding the rights and wrongs about changing one’s mind is probably often quite complex. What greater principles might help our decision making?

Implicit promises
We don’t believe our social duties as promises because they are not ordinarily spelt out. By way of example, most of us probably feel a strong debt to our parents and duty to our children. Many feel a responsibility to support their favourite charitable body.

We might change in our sense of patriotic ties into our nation. However, people normally have some degree of commitment towards people they work, play and live with.

In his book The Soul of the World, philosopher Roger Scruton has pointed out that several of the relations that are most important to us involve a kind of unconditional giving to another person. An attitude of expecting something back but not demanding it. To put it differently, we act as if we have made a promise to do good for people we know. And to do this not based on what we can necessarily get from it. This implicit guarantee varies in strength according to how close we are to the person.

Oaths and vows as promises
Courts of justice expect particular honesty from people giving testimony. Traditionally, what is sacred is linked to the notion of God. For many people today, what’s sacred could be the principle or believer of state the life force in nature, virtue, compassion, truth, or beauty. In giving an oath, we call upon some thing sacred to bear witness to what we are saying to demonstrate our sincerity.

Compared to an oath, when making a vow we’re making our promise to and thus directly addressing some entity that we venerate. So, there’s now a heightened commitment and risk of betrayal if we don’t keep our promise.

In prison camp, the most important prayer was,’Get me home alive, God, and I will seek you and serve you.’ I came home, got wrapped up in the celebration, and forgot about the hundreds of promises I’d made to God.” Louis Zamperini (World War II veteran, and Olympic distance runner)

Folks make what they believe as other sacred vows e.g. to uphold justice, defend their country, and a few make vows of poverty, chastity or abstinence from alcohol. Breaking solemnly made claims of this sort may have enormous consequences for one’s sense of honor and well-being.

Marriage vows
Prospective partners are wary of entering into a commitment for life which could end up this way. And so, marriage vows have been beginning to fall out of style. Instead prenuptual agreements have started to emerge. You may re-negotiate such a contract. One might wonder if a society no longer insists on the vows of marriage, does it offer less security to the children of such relationships?

Conclusion about promises
Would breaking a promise to someone make great sense in the longer run, be in keeping with personal integrity or fulfill a greater need? Or would it merely fulfill the demands of the moment, destroy a trusting relationship, or be self-serving?

 

Group Therapy for Recovery

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I frequently have the need to customise my approach for people and groups in the pastoral counselling setting. These are a few of my ideas for delivering a program for recovery. It’s a specific program, but I think I would stick with these general ground rules:

Read the following as if you’re taking part in the program:

I need to welcome you here tonight as we embark on this journey together. It’ll be a trek to our hearts that are deeper as we learn about ourselves and each other in gaining greater awareness and understanding about the challenges we face.

These are simply a few of the considerations to be aware of and to abide by as we do this work together.

I’m asking your confidence of me and of each other. Perhaps some of you don’t trust so well, and assume you have valid reasons for holding back your confidence. But by you expecting principally in me as your guide, and by trusting on your peers here, you will get the ability to be honest about what takes guts to do. By trusting here, you give yourself to what God can do in you through this procedure. You’re also part of other people’s journeys who are here. As soon as we have trust in this group, the Spirit of God will flow and a few recovery will occur for us all. Needless to say, it goes probably without saying, but I will say it anyway, what’s stated in this group should stay here. Is that known and okay? Thank you.
Now to do number 1, you will need to be secure . I not only know and respect that, but I want to let you know, I’m responsible for that. The intention of this program is to assist to bring you further on your journey of healing. If you’re unsafe at any stage, or feel too vulnerable, please take courage to hold back and let me know when it’s proper for you to do so – either in the process or in a break. What I’m talking about here is you’ll be tempted to self-protect and to minimise the size of your problem/addiction and to externalise, which means to discuss anything else other than your stuff. All of us do this. Don’t think you’re any weaker than some of us. But in regards to your stuff, your own sin, I encourage you to possess it. Stay in this place when you are sharing. If you minimise anything, minimise the responsibility you give over to others for the things only you can do. In psychology, there is the term”internal locus of control,” which means we only change when we have what only we can control – our own stuff. The moment we begin thinking our stuff is someone else’s fault, we give away the sole power for change we have. Let’s agree not to do that here. Yes?
Space to talk. Please trust me to the extent that you allow me to facilitate. The word”facilitate” in French means”to make easy”. Help me to make this process as easy as it possibly can be, hard and as transformative as it’ll be, given the nature of the material we’ll be discussing and pondering. I will direct and divert conversation. Don’t worry, you’ll have ample time to talk about, but I do need to ensure everybody gets an equitable opportunity, which isn’t necessarily”equal” chance, because at certain times one person needs more time. We need to allow for that. I’ll also see things you can’t, as you are in the procedure, and sometimes I will want to home in on key moments as I discern them. Thank you. Furthermore, there will be portions of teaching that I’ll deliver. I love it when we could stay on track and keep the momentum going forward. If you interject, please stay on point. Thank you.
Calling time to process test . Sometimes if we go off course or, worse, if someone starts to act inappropriately, especially when others feel unsafe, I will call a process check, kind of like a time-out. We will need to manage that moment before we move ahead. I may need to decide on the fate of a single person for the interest of the group, given that I’m responsible for keeping us safe. Thank you.