We see the signs but I wonder, as I read them, about the deeper meaning we have waiting for us with each one of them.
On a winding and hilly road, this comes before my eyes and I laugh a bit as I think that even in my automobile, I am going to exercise caution. If I were on a bicycle, I might start crying as the road narrows, gets very steep, and you cannot see round the bend–they have installed mirrors to facilitate vision.
And I head to my favorite beach and am taken in with the words posted. In this life, there is no actual guard on duty to ensure that we don’t swim out too far, make a wrong turn, or get lost. We have to learn our way and discover how best to navigate through, even as children and even with good parents present, we must learn for ourselves.
We need to discover our moral compass, our faith factor, our spirit, our soul. We need to be our lifeguard, taking good and gentle care of this life that we have been so blessed to have. We get so cavalier. I used to think that we were just feeling immortal during adolescence but there are so many cases to witness where that is not accurate. Adults take liberty and take on risks in their behaviors that prompt me to wonder where the lifeguards might be found for them.
We need help.
This life offers endless options. not all of them are good or healthy or helpful.
We need to have a container nearby for the deposits we ought to be making. I have so many things that I would have liked to have been able to pitch along the course of my life thus far. I do it now routinely, with mindfulness, and in deep faith that it is right.
I’m at the beach. I’m walking and talking out loud to myself and thinking all these things. And I am thinking content, content, content….because all of this means something to me. And then I realize that I come to this place over and again throughout my life because I find meaning here–always and in everything. This place is a refuge for me for my insight and for my replenishment.
Life gets too busy, too clogged up. We need those places and spaces where the open air opens our heart and mind and the spirit follows to float. I float. I love to float.
My dreams are consistently about moving through life with grace and heart and elegance. I aim not to allow fear in to inhibit me but perhaps caution is a good cue to be mindful not thoughtless, reckless, or outright stupid.
I’ll take each day, each moment, and do my best to pay close attention and be a model for myself of how to do a life well. I try, I intend, I succeed, I fail, I try all over again.
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