There are many thoughts running through my mind and I can sometimes find it difficult to slow myself down.  I once had someone tell me that to remain grounded, it is important to walk on natural surfaces with bare feet.  At the time, I remember thinking that sounded almost silly but beautiful as well. This incredible woman was unique in so many ways and she may be on to something. 

I have felt the need to go to the beach and listen to the ocean.  This is not a passing thought, I feel as though I need this on a more basic level. One of the places I feel at home is when I am listening to the waves and smelling the salt in the air.  It is a humbling reminder to me that perspective is everything.  There is so much beauty in the simplicity of it that I find it calming.  It serves as a reminder that in this powerful play, I am but a verse.

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

– Walt Whitman


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