AND Watch for the Shadow

September 28th, 2014

It was raining when I started to walk the beach. A few steps in, I found a beautiful shell. It was a simple and common variety, small and perfect. What struck me was the pattern of alternating rings of pure white and grey, light and shadow.

A bit later into my walk, the sun began to filter through the clouds, never fully appearing, yet clearly present. How did I know? Because, as I returned home, my shadow preceded me in the sand. AND I was struck again by the theme of light and shadow.

I like to believe that we all have a perfectly beautiful essence, a core of pure light. Like the sun, which is always in the sky, sometimes our light is covered by clouds that either filter or block our light. Read the rest of this entry »

AND Behold

September 21st, 2014

I am fascinated by how technology, used unconsciously, changes our lives in ways we often don’t recognize until it is too late. In particular, I have been watching people taking selfies, as they document where they are or what they are doing. AND I wonder sometimes if we actually behold the beauty of the moment, rather than trying to capture and document it, if we might actually live more from our hearts, and therefore, live more fully and in touch with what is real.

I went to an art show yesterday to see a particular collection. While it was wonderful, I came across another exhibit that really captured my attention. An artist named Amy Stacey Curtis has done a series of small pencil drawings of simple objects…scissors, a single staple, a staple remover, a safety pin, tweezers, and the like. The care with which she studied the objects was evident in the precision and lighting of her drawings. I felt as if I could feel her beholding the objects. Read the rest of this entry »

AND Treasure What Is

September 14th, 2014

As summer comes to an end, the beach continues to fill with beachgoers trying to prolong the summer. The weather has been cooperating, as the warmest days of the summer arrive to provide ample impetus to get into the water.

A double rainbow graced the skies last night, along with shows of lightning storms out to sea. People remained on the beach, despite rain and distant lightening. I watched as cars raced to the beach in the early evening with the hope of catching the rainbow. It lasted long enough for all to park their cars and arrive to take their pictures. Read the rest of this entry »

AND Welcome Each New Season

September 7th, 2014

As the end of the summer draws near, early signals of fall begin to appear. At the same time as the warm sun continues to provide summery days, the nights are beginning to get cooler. And a few of the trees have hints of the colors that will appear in the next several weeks.

I love watching nature transition from one season to another. No resistance. More of a dance between the outgoing and incoming. As the scales gently tip from more heat to more cooler, crisper air, one season ebbs as another flows.

I find myself wondering what stops us from doing the same. As we move into different seasons of our lives, how might we learn to release rather than hold on, to remain open to what is beginning to announce itself in our lives, seeing only opportunities to grow into whatever is next? Read the rest of this entry »

AND Appreciate Those Who Work to Serve Others

August 31st, 2014

Labor Day used to herald the beginning of the school year. In many northern climates, this is still the case. Our southern friends will have been back to school for nearly a month when Labor Day rolls around. Still, I associate the holiday with the beginning of school. Read the rest of this entry »

AND Stop to Recognize the Gift

August 24th, 2014

A wonderful woman came to the beach this week. She had not been on this particular beach for almost sixty years. And all she wanted was to put her toes in the ocean. The walk through the sand to get to the water can be a considerable distance. She waited for high tide.

As her cane would not be steady enough to get through the sand, she used a walker with tennis balls on the bottom of each of the legs to maneuver in the sand. AND I looked out the window to see her walking along the beach with her toes in the water. Read the rest of this entry »

AND Practice Both Giving and Receiving

August 17th, 2014

A man who made us laugh took his own life this past week. Robin Williams was widely recognized for both his professional talents and his generous response to those in need. AND his choice to respond to whatever he was confronting in his own life by ending his life offers those of us still choosing to be here an important gift. Read the rest of this entry »

AND Just Plain Fun

August 10th, 2014

I was walking the beach towards the end of the day. A little girl around three or four years old ran into the water apparently all by herself. As she got in a few feet, I noticed her put her arms out, stop, and call out to someone.

At that moment, a man was eyeing a great wave he was about to dive into. He looked back at the little girl. And then back—longingly—at the wave. In an instant, he turned away from the wave and ran back, to the delight of the little girl. It was so much fun to watch both of their expressions and imagine the stories in each one’s head. Read the rest of this entry »

AND Open to Fill Up

August 3rd, 2014

I was planning to clean the house this morning. The forecast is for showers later in the day. The early morning sun beckoned and the tide was out. Soooo…out I went. AND in the quiet of the early morning, the only sounds were winds against my ears. The air was initially cool. Many people walked or ran on the beach with almost no audible presence.

AND as I walked, I found, carved in the smooth sand over an expanse of maybe twenty feet, a message. It began with the name of the beach and the year 2014 carved under it. A few feet away in very big letters the words thank you appeared. And only a short distance later two large hearts. A message from the sender to no one in particular expressing gratitude served as a wonderful fill up for me. Read the rest of this entry »

AND What Is True NOW

July 27th, 2014

In several conversations with clients this week, I was struck by the sheer pace of life experienced by so many people. Work deadlines, organizational changes, market shifts that make the predictability of the workplace increasingly challenging or overwhelming characterize the work worlds of many people today. AND home life isn’t much slower.

Reactions vary widely. Some people wear themselves down trying to be all things to all people. Others are preoccupied with what might happen, long before it happens, if it ever does. Still others are laughing and enjoying the craziness, as if it were a performance occurring for their amusement. Read the rest of this entry »