Like a beautiful piece of beach glass each of us a unique creation capable of great things. Life is hard and sometimes we break as the more difficult times overtake us. And when we’re most broken, when we feel there is no hope, it can feel like we’re drowning. But similar to the broken, jagged glass in the water, time helps us heal and reforms us like the restless waves reshape the glass. Without the waves, the rocks, and the time underwater, the glass would remain jagged and broken. But over time the waves smooth the sharp edges and a gentle sheen begins to form. And as more time goes on, you slowly get closer to the shore and eventually you find yourself on the beach. It’s there that you begin to shine like a precious jewel sparkling in the sun. And if look you closely around the beach, you’ll see that you’re never truly alone. Each journey to the beach is unique, but the healing and wisdom that was gained along the way makes each journey precious. So let the beauty and uniqueness of each piece of beach glass teach us how, despite our difficult times and scars, we too are beautiful and unique.
Some days we’re like a ship lost in the darkness. Some days we’re like a light of hope in the night. While it’s good to serve as a beacon offering hope and guidance, leaving the safety of solid ground allows us to seek new adventures and understandings. It’s when we get lost on these journeys that the best learning and growth often takes place. The light to guide you safely around the rocks will be there when you’re ready to see it. So be a beacon when you can be, but don’t forget to set your sails for new adventures to keep your light bright. And remember it’s alright to get lost at times.
It would be nice if everyday could be a day at the beach with no worries, but like most of you, I have to wait for those special days to roll around each year. Mindfulness is one of the tools I use between those beach trips to keep life in perspective and help reign in the stressors life brings us. By taking a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness, not only does your overall stress go down, but you also learn to tolerate those uncomfortable moments or situations we face so many days. Follow along here and I will provide you ongoing methods and thoughts to help you develop or strengthen a mindfulness practice, along with other bits of wisdom about the world we live in. And I promise not to take another year or two to write my next post. So often the plans we lay get overridden by the unexpected, but then you only need to start moving forward again just like this. The first step in this process: breathe. Stop reading this and take a few moments to simply breathe in and out for a couple of minutes . . .