Natural Blessings

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This morning, after dropping off my son around 8 am, instead of going home to clean or go back to bed I decided to head to the beach.  Although it is still chilly, only about 32 degrees this morning,  the sun was shining brightly and the birds were singing.  I pulled into the lot to see a few other cars, but over all it was pretty quiet.  It was definitely not swimming weather yet, not that it will be until around August or September, and depending on your tolerance for cold water, it may never get quite warm enough. 
I have lived here my whole life and seen this beach a million times, but this morning as I pulled in and saw the bright sun shining down, reflecting on the ocean, I felt this true appreciation for the beauty of nature.  People spend millions of dollars on diamonds, furs, and other extravagant things.  They spend countless hours sitting in front of the tv watching reality tv of the Kardashians and other plain, old, (somewhat) normal  people who live these ridiculous lives trying to impress others and make all this money.  I sat watching the waves of the ocean roll along the shore, watching the golden rays of the sun beat down on the tiny flecks of sand, seagulls flying, scavenging and gathering around and thought, all this is free!  Why do people worry about all the useless material wants when nature is right here and free?

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As I sat listening to the water move in and out, the sounds of the ocean and the birds, I could feel this calming peace.  I sat in awe of the beauty of it all.  Appreciating every sound, sight and feeling this beauty of nature brings.  I felt blessed.  I tried to imagine what it would be like for me to not live near the ocean.  I thought about how excited I am for the summer to come.  That first spring day, when even if it is a bit too cold to take off my shoes, I love to walk the beach barefoot, feeling the cold sand between my toes, beneath my soles as it conforms to my footprint, making me feel alive.  The cool, gentle, ocean breeze whisking past my cheeks, breathing it all in.  Anticipating that first dive into the cold, New England ocean that feels so refreshing, cleansing and invigorating.  As the waves crash over my body, washing me anew.  Diving into the waves, fighting against them or other times just riding the wave, going with the flow. 
I used to go to the beach and go swimming, and while I was in the water I would find myself thinking of all the things I needed to do when I left.  Until one day, when I realized i wasn’t enjoying the time I was swimming.  I was never quite enjoying the moment.  Last summer, after a painful, excruciating winter full of snow, a winter I thought would never end, I made a vow.  I made a promise to myself, that I would stop trying to rush through everything and just enjoy the moment.  I told myself I would enjoy the summer and the beach and I would not worry about cleaning or trivial things because I simply had all winter to clean.  So I did.  I spent as much time at the beach swimming, reading, writing, walking and enjoying every golden ray of sun possible.  So much so, that by the time winter came I was actually ready for a break.  It made me realize how much I enjoy the four seasons of the North East.  How my body and mind need the winter break to hibernate, regroup and restore myself. 
The seasons and weather changes here have taught me a lot in the past couple of years.  Most of all they have taught me to live in each moment.  I can worry about the snow, I can prepare for it to a degree, complain about it or I can enjoy being snowed in.  Feeling warm and cozy on my couch, enjoying my hot cup of coffee with my journal and pen.  When summer rolls around again, I can pack up my towel, blanket, sunscreen, books and journal and lie in the beach, soaking up the sun as my body sinks into the sand below.  I can dive into the waves, feeling washed anew, refreshed and alive.  I can stop worrying about what is to come and just simply enjoy the moment I am in, feeling blessed by nature’s simple and peaceful, calming creations.  
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Day 3 – 3 Day Quote Challenge

This is Day 3 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge (with a twist).  Today I chose a song by Tracy Chapman.  I have been a fan of her since the 80’s.  My older sisters had her first cassette tape back in the day.  I love Tracy’s music because all of her songs have purpose.  They have a message or a story and this woman has something to say! Tracy speaks on love, but also about political issues, domestic abuse and racism.  My sister’s may have had the first album and got me interested in her music, but I owned every album after.  I also waited all day to see her in concert, it was a standing room only event so I made sure I was first in line to get the front row.  I love so many of her song, but I picked “At This Point In My Life.”

You see when I’ve touched the sky
The earth’s gravity has pulled me down
But now I’ve reconciled that in this world
Birds and angels get the wings to fly
If you can believe in this heart of mine
If you can give it a try
Then I’ll reach inside and find and give you
All the sweetness that I have

There isn’t a real video on youtube but you can listen to the song here:

I’m really enjoying this challenge so I may continue this up until Valentine’s day. However, these will be the last 3 nominations below.

Hit Below the Belt Hard

Making Time for Me

Young and Twenty

At This Point In My Life Lyrics

Done so many things wrong I don’t know if I can do right
Oh I, Oh I’ve
Done so many things wrong I don’t know if I can do right

At this point in my life
I’ve done so many things wrong I don’t know if I can do right
If you put your trust in me I hope I won’t let you down
If you give me a chance I’ll try

You see it’s been a hard road the road I’m traveling on
And if I take your hand I might lead you down the path to ruin
I’ve had a hard life I’m just saying it so you’ll understand
That right now, right now, I’m doing the best I can
At this point in my life

At this point in my life
Although I’ve mostly walked in the shadows
I’m still searching for the light
Won’t you put your faith in me
We both know that’s what matters
If you give me a chance I’ll try

You see I’ve been climbing stairs but mostly stumbling down
I’ve been reaching high always losing ground
You see I’ve been reaching high but always losing ground
You see I’ve conquered hills but I still have mountains to climb
And right now right now I’m doing the best I can
At this point in my life

Before we take a step
Before we walk down that path
Before I make any promises
Before you have regrets
Before we talk commitment
Let me tell you of my past
All I’ve seen and all I’ve done
The things I’d like to forget
At this point in my life

At this point in my life
I’d like to live as if only love mattered
As if redemption was in sight
As if the search to live honestly
Is all that anyone needs
No matter if you find it

You see when I’ve touched the sky
The earth’s gravity has pulled me down
But now I’ve reconciled that in this world
Birds and angels get the wings to fly
If you can believe in this heart of mine
If you can give it a try
Then I’ll reach inside and find and give you
All the sweetness that I have
At this point in my life
At this point in my life

Songwriters: Chapman, Tracy L
At This Point In My Life lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics found here