Today is a new day. Are you going to the beach, or are you bringing it with you? When I say “Going to the Beach”, if I’m not lucky enough to actually be on the sugarsand, I’m taking time to myself, concentrating on me, closing my eyes and envisioning myself on the 5th floor balcony on the beach. When I ask if you are “bringing it with you”, how can you?” I have a couple little personal ways to bring it with me. Most days I carry my grandsons little T-Rex toy in my pocket. Those days it’s calming for me because it makes me feel like he is with me. Sometimes I simply sit and look at pictures of him and play with his toys. I’ve also found since our vacation, how calming it is for me to play in the sand I brought back with me. Heck, I even put a jar of sand and shells on my desk at the office so I can take a moment to invision or even touch. Whatever it is that you can carry in your pocket, your purse, your wallet, that will calm you, gives you peace or even simply give you a smile is a perfect way to “bring the beach with you”.
If you need to sneak a moment in the other room, sneak it. If you want to go to the beach, go. If you want to take it with you, do so.
What I realize now is that a part of my heart is still on the beach, and a part of the beach is still in my heart. And I know without a doubt, that when it’s time to take the next step into the next journey of my life, that road leads to the sandy beach or at minimum many miles closer to it. It’s a journey my love and I have discussed at length and look forward to. Every journey has its sacrifices and even draw backs, but every journey also has a purpose. You and I can discuss this at length another day.
For the past 30 years and for a few more, my beach is here with my children. This vacation however, showed me that my next beach has real sand. Have you asked yourself “Where or what is my beach”? It may not always be the same, your beach may and probably will change at some point in your life if it hasn’t already. I believe the secret is to enjoy the beach you have and if you can’t be directly on it, take it with you. We get only one chance to live this life, don’t waste it always waiting for tomorrow, take action today. You never know when tomorrow won’t come.