Some time at the beach this weekend put me in mind of this little verse that I'd carried in my wallet for a while, but now also have as a framed print in my cubicle at work.
Hear the gulls call in the sky,
the tide lap at the edge of the sand.
I hope you learn to pause in this beauty.
I hope you breathe in the gentlest moments.
If there is sunshine, I hope you lift your face to it.
If there is wind, I hope it moves you.
Look how the sand is swept fresh; the sea is all horizon.
I hope you see how each day has this possibility.
I hope you welcome the quiet as well as the storm.
take deep breaths of salt and sweetness both;
I hope you know it’s the truest air.
See how the waves form one after another
(there’s no human rush to do it all at once)
I hope you live your life one moment at a time.
I hope you focus on what you love.
And, although I know the waves will storm you,
Toss you down and spin your heart around,
I hope you never stop loving what can hurt you.
I hope you learn to float when it's calm.
I hope you laugh whenever you can.
I hope you roll on and roll on...
See the ocean stir with passion.
I hope you have the courage to throw yourself in.
Fullness is so rare and fleeting
(and there’s always some bad weather coming...)
If there’s a sunset, I hope you watch it.
If there’s moonlight, I hope you dance in it.
I hope your heart finds safe harbor;
But, I hope you know your heart is made for more than that.
I hope you remember when the tide goes out,
It will come back in for you again.
When the sea is singing, I hope you listen,
and I hope you sing along...
Anyone else carry little bits of found wisdom with them like I do? What is it and where'd you find it?
a return Visit
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