I awoke at 6 am this morning to the most glorious sun streaming through my window. No traffic noise just the very soft lapping of a lazy ocean on a golden beach. One of the things that I love about living where I live is that nature is such an active partner. Last night I retired to a rock soundtrack of waves crashing against the sea wall, today barely a whisper. No matter where I am in the world silence feels more lonely without the ocean.
I always sleep with a window open so as to be able to listen to this ever varying soundtrack. This morning as I look out on the sparkling, near flat, ocean it is hard to reconcile with the broken concrete groynes and cliff erosion. The ocean is used as an analogy by many but here are the two things that I am always conscious of.
1- Patience conquers all. Today the ocean is still and calm, tomorrow it may not be but it is relentless. Every day it will tumble rocks together and grind them to sand, man will make barriers and the ocean will keep wearing them away. When your goals seem too far away or your having a low day its ok, be calm and still because tomorrow is another day.
2 – We are but visitors. As important, critical or terrible as events in our lives may seem to us we are only temporary. The ocean has seen life start, seen dinosaurs die out and man flourish. Whenever I face difficulty or things go wrong I stand on the beach and remind myself that no matter what the tide will come in and go out. It will do this long after I have forgotten my woes and long after I have been forgotten.
I am incredibly lucky to have this marvellous force of nature as a partner, as a lullaby and alarm call. I have shared my mornings view below but I am no photographer. If you would like to see amazing shots of the area you would be well advised to visit my friend Nigel’s site:
Oh and just in case this post sounded too philosophical for Essex I can add that the only passers by we’re the walks of shame. 6 am on a Sunday morning is the perfect time for that blinding sunlight to warm your hangover as you walk home in last nights clothes. Hey we were all young once.