Saturday, July 21, 2012

Stop and Smell the Ocean

I moved to this area over 11 years ago. I remember right before I left Central Oregon hearing people tell me how lucky I was that I would be living so close to the beach. And I felt that way too. I was sure that I would have my toes in the sand every day. And if not every day, at least a few times a week. But guess what? Real life set in after a while and before I knew it, weeks (even months) would go by and I wouldn't see the ocean at all. The sad part is that it's only about a 5 minute drive from town to be right there soaking up the beautiful view. And yet, Ken and I both convince ourselves that we just don't have time or there are too many things to be done around the house to make time for the beach.

This morning while we were having our morning coffee and my mind was swimming with all the things that needed to be done (don't forget to set the water...get that laundry in....you really need to clean out your closet....you could put a coat of paint on the stairs so it can dry while you mop the floors....), my husband looked at me with those beautiful eyes of his and said "I think we'll go to the beach today."  Before he could finish that sentence the dog and I were out sitting in the car waiting to GO!

It was a beautiful morning for a drive...


...and once we got there I remembered how much I love the smell of the ocean and walking through the surf. Just the motion of the waves is enough to wash away the worries and stresses of life and make you feel all is right with the world at that very moment.

  

Of course I don't think that I've ever been to the beach that there hasn't been a bit of a wind. I had forgotten to throw in a hat or a ponytail holder so beach hair was a problem...

 

But a little wild beach hair is nothing when you're side by side with the ones you love taking time out to just "Be". We don't do that enough. Every once in a while I have to remind myself that we need to stop rushing from place to place trying to earn a living, pay our bills and keep the house clean and just stop and smell the ocean. It has a way of resetting your soul a bit and shoring (pun totally intended) you up to face a new week. I'm glad we ditched all the "to-do's" of the day and ran away.


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