Stare at the pounding surf for any length of time and the enduring, relentless rhythm of nature becomes clear. It’s hard to feel anything but insignificant standing before such grandeur. Such constancy.
But if we let nature teach us, we can hear the call to do the best we can with our time here.
The gift of life
Life can be difficult. There is pain. Betrayal. Hurt. Death. We can’t escape these things. They can nearly break us. They don’t have to. But if they do, we can put ourselves back together as best as we can and move on with this gift of life.
Staying broken is a harder path, but some do choose it. And it is a choice.
Stare at the ocean and you know that we are here to make the best of the life we’re given, no matter our circumstances.
Find the joy. It’s here.
We are here first to love, and also to laugh and find enjoyment in the little moments as well as the big ones. In the first fall leaf as well as the joy of a baby’s first step or the marriage of a loved one. In the bite of a juicy pear or the sip of a cappuccino in Rome. Each is a gift. A gift of life.
We aren’t all handed the same challenges. Some of us learn faster than others. Some of us are called to bigger things. We don’t always have a choice in what appears but we always have a choice in how we respond.
Regardless, life will go on around us, like the ever-constant crashing waves.
Nature is the canvas upon which our lives play out. It also brings us a lesson about how to live, if we choose to pay attention.
Shhh…listen to the roar of the surf here. What’s it telling you?
Right now, the surf is telling me that I am anxious and feeling stressed and I don’t quite know why. Rather, I do. Getting together with local family tomorrow for Thanksgiving, on top of some other recent happenings in my life. We are all fully vaxxed. And yet….so now I must make a conscious decision on how to respond.
Beautiful. I feel so bad for people who choose to stay broken and even wallow in their brokenness. It’s so sad. Looking at the ocean and savoring moments like that keeps me going during tough times.
We are held by something so much larger than ourselves. I know you know that, Shari.