Beginnings. For all of us, every new day is an opportunity to start again, to look at things with fresh eyes and, hopefully, a good night’s sleep. My favorite place to get a healthy perspective is at the beach, where all of life is refreshed & restored. There has been a long stretch of silence on this blog that needs to be formed into words and shared with others, but for today this space returns to life at the ocean’s edge.
I awoke this morning before daybreak, made coffee, grabbed a beach chair, and walked down to the water. Not another soul was in sight. Just me, the moon and an incredible ocean. What a way to begin the day.
As I sat in gratitude, blessing our friends who had gifted us with the use of this beautiful place, I realized I was far from alone. A heron made his flight my way and landed, literally at my feet. We stared at each other for the longest time, checking out the marvel of another life species. Soon four strikingly white egrets flew in formation over the water, followed by the “three amigos,” a trio of pelicans in search of breakfast. A mass of seagulls chased them, hoping for leftovers.
As I watched the sun come up, I didn’t think it could get any better, but I caught a glimpse of a little head in the water straight in front of me. As I held my breath, I was joined by a dolphin, cresting the waves, and teasing me with his presence.
Yes, life events need to be processed and shared, hopefully so that others will receive comfort and encouragement as they experience similar experiences, but for today I rest in the beauty of this place and heal.