The Beautiful Gifts of the Sea

August 21st, 2014 | Posted in August 2014 by

12930-Seashells-On-The-BeachIn a little over a week, I have celebrated my oldest daughter’s wedding, traveled to North Carolina to take my youngest daughter back to college, and received news while on the road that my grandfather had had a stroke. I have experienced a wide range of emotions these past two weeks, to say the least.

What I am noticing is that this is life – the very stages of life I’ve witnessed my parents go through and that my grandparents went through. I have finally stopped thinking life levels out – an awareness I’ve waited years to gain. There will always be something or someone that needs our attention.

So, I have now landed for the week on the banks of the ocean, and I decided to pull out my ocean-blue book – again – Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.  I read it yesterday, after just reading it a few months ago. I don’t know why; I was just moved to read it again while I sat at the water’s edge. It is the book that I have been leading my Reflection Circle remote book club through the past few months.

I am not sure at what point I fell into time and space, being right there, with Ms. Lindbergh on the beach. But as I read, I felt as if I were sitting next to her discussing her thoughts about what she was writing – like two old friends out for a day on the beach. What I noticed about her writing, as I read her book for the second time, was her vibration at the beginning of the book, the middle of the book, and the end. It was very different.  It felt as though she, herself, had settled in and had become at peace with the story and stages of her life as she was writing.

“The Beach”

“Channelled Whelk”

“Moon Shell”

“Double-Sunrise”

“Oyster Bed”

“Argonauta”

“A Few Shells”

“The Beach at My Back”

These are the chapters in this gem of a book.

Truly…finding peace with the rhythm of life and taking time for solitude to find ourselves are the themes of the story.  The ebb and flow, dancing to the rhythm with a significant other or not, with children or not – it’s about finding the peace within to accept all the shells of our life.

I want to give you a more in-depth view of this magnificent sister of ours who introduced us to the sea of life from a beautifully different perspective. I invite you to click here to view her obituary that appeared on February 8th, 2001.  Meet Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

Have a lovely rest of your summer!

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