Into the calm

I stood there, so quiet and calm as each wave washed over my legs. The soft and warm silky water pushed me back and forth, it’s rhythm of life edging me into a calm and peaceful place. The water a pale green blue twinkling in the sun that finally deemed to show her beauteous face, although I was on a quest for clouds to keep the heat at bay, the sun shone mild and welcoming.

 I was here today alone, collecting my thoughts as much as searching for more sharks teeth, the smooth black or brown objects that often escape my reach, and I was still afraid to venture in past my ankles lest the real thing finds me dallying and decides to take a bite. I stood in the rushing waters as they moved about me, like a cosmic dance unfolding, swirling in and out without anyone to give a numeric score to our tango, and I saw a dolphin a few yards out crest on a wave, and I wondered if it were perhaps just my imagination or was it in fact a fin playfully moving on its way to somewhere far from here, for it did not resurface for a second glance, like life, it just kept moving forward.

I stood amongst a thousand shells, a perfect place I imagined for finding my teeth and I just let the moment carry me, teaching me patience if nothing else. I sat my belongings down beneath a tree that had succumbed to the ravages of erosion long before today, watching for something new to see and entranced by a taped off area marked that it is indeed a sea turtles nest. Not close enough, respecting the distance, I planted my items and ventured back out to the salty waves, and then I waited. I stood there admiring the skies, the color of each foamy see through gossamer wave that splashed upon me and I looked down the expanse of the beach to see no one. Deserted on one end of any life and I settled in to find what I was searching for, plastic bag in hand. One after another they found me there. I didn’t move too far, I didn’t go on an endless disapointing quest, I instead became patient, following the ebb and flow of the tides and waited. Time passed me by and I thought of nothing, and I found everything.

I found emptiness here on this stretch of beach. A soul encouraging emptiness, void of conversation, time schedules, things that needed to be done, everything became absent. I found tooth after tooth as they washed up and I watched, simply waiting. Come to me if you will I remember laughing into the wind, with no one there to hear my voice but the universe and God himself. They came, each one more beautiful and perfect and oh what joy I found. I had stilled everything, each inner voice, each demand upon me, I had turned it all off and tuned into the ultimate frequency, that of the sun and the waves and the tide as it slipped slowly out. 

Two hours of bliss I spent, just feeling the life force of the water push and pull me. My birth sign is Cancer-the crab, and I can see now where I feel most alive, standing in the life force of an ocean blue amongst a million shells….at peace, yes, at peace in my birthplace, floating amongst the majestic blue. Today I found paradise and that makes me smile…all the difference in the world, what one moment can enlighten you to. 


16 thoughts on “Into the calm

  1. Thanks Ken, most days yes, for sure, the storms can be its intense though😊and today, kayaking on tap on the inter coastal waterway. I love it down here, even on hot muggy steamy days😊

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  2. I don’t miss it
    There are those times after a meal
    Or stress
    I wish
    But for the most time the thrill is gone
    And gone away for good
    I knew it when I said it
    That the smoke was just an understanding
    That for me was misunderstood

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  3. Excellent, is it getting a little easier yet? It’s been almost ten years for me and I don’t miss it at all, and now, respiratory wise, I no longer get colds or bronchitis, etc….all good things. I’m proud of you and I’m imagining you by the sea my friend, I see a slight smile and waves of peace washing you into a joyous state.
    Peace and waving,
    Mermaid K


  4. Good morning Sheldon,
    It was two hours of inner peace and joy, letting my eyes look at the minutia and detail of shells and teeth, the lacy foam of the water as the waves washed on my feet and legs, and one big one splashed me in the face soaking my sunglasses and left me laughing. I had spent the morning walking the dogs then painting the fence, felt good to just be in the sun and air. Sending peace my friend, hope,the rest of your day went well. Are you still a quitter? How many days now?
    Kim of the sea


  5. Thank you Kim
    I needed that walk with you
    I feel a little better
    That I took the time to spend with you
    It’s those little things
    That make it all seem right
    Just inhale
    And exhale
    But a breath between me and you
    The Sheldon Perspective

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