♥ Magical Thinking


I have lived by the sea in two different locations for almost twenty years.  In my current place I can see the sea from two of my windows, smell it sometimes when I go out my front door and it takes me less than a minute to reach the shoreline.

The sea has a way of seeping into your soul.  I love the way the seasons are measured by it, from the gentle sonorous summer eddying of the foam-white swell to the thunderous crashing of angry sounding waves on the rocks on wild wet winterโ€™s day.  Years of living adjacent to the water have not diminished my capacity for wonder at the ever-changing seascape.

Not so many years ago when ever I was seeking an answer to one of lifeโ€™s predicements I would walk along the beach and stop to cast a pebble into the waves .  I hoped that the ripples created, when I threw the stone, would in some magical way return a solution to whatever dilemma I was turning over in my mind. They never did but the stroll by the sea was always restorative and usually put whatever minor travail I was fretting about in perspective.

I still walk along the sea-shore but no longer cast stones out to the horizon in search of answers.  I still believe that the universe has a mysterious way of illuminating a path for us through whatever thorny byways life sends us down but I now feel that this illumination is not a flick-of-the-light-switch moment but a ghostly glimmer which our instinct and intuition then burnish to a glow.


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2 responses to “♥ Magical Thinking

  1. Lovely, lovely. I’ve lived near the sea most of my life too, and like you, I know that it provides endless solace and inspiration, whether directly or indirectly. I’ll always return to the shore for that reason, a good life in landlocked north Texas notwithstanding!

  2. I think you have hit the nail on the head; the sea does provide endless solace and inspiration.

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