Got the new "runnies" yesterday so I tested them out with a good long walk along the beach.
And as I was walking along I thought to myself that I've been walking this beach since I was 16, and give or take a few years that makes about 40 years...holy tide line! That makes you pause, let me tell you!
It really hasn't changed too much in all that time; mainly the logs and sand shifts, but basically it endures. And this of course makes me think in analogies of how Life follows this theme. We start out along the tide line and along the way have to watch out for rising tides or stormy weather, sometimes sheltering in the driftwood, sometimes finding really exquisite treasures, meeting friends, leaving others behind and looking back at our footprints every once in a while. The distance is a bit foggy so it seems veiled in mystery. Who knows what you will find ahead. Meanwhile, the ebb and flow of the ocean resounds in your ears.
I once painted a watercolor of a wreath of beach treasures and flotsam I'd found; accompanying this painting with a poem I wrote.
TIME IS ETERNITY WOVEN AROUND US
SMALL PIECES OF MEMORY PLACED HERE AND THERE
SOME HAVE RETAINED TODAY'S BRIGHT OCCURRENCE
OTHERS HAVE FADED TO SOFT BROWNS AND GREY
AND ALL OF THESE TEARS AND LAUGHTER AND LIVING
WEAVE IN AND OUT WITH EACH BREATH WE TAKE
THEY GROW TO SURROUND US IN A WREATH OF FOREVER
NO BEGINNING OR ENDING
LIKE LOVE HAS
.....the runners are bright red and black with neon yellow accents......so far, they are proving a good investment, I think.