Today, I took a stroll in a special place along the ocean near my home. It is a sacred space that holds close to my heart. It is a stroll I have taken many times (probably hundreds), yet I am always speechless looking out over the rough sea at the majestic mountains covered in snow. The sun often peers out of clouds that range from bright round to streaky and grey. This walk has seen me for almost a decade. It has seen me in different relationships. It has seen me through the tears of losing a dear friend and old partner. It has seen me through the excitement of the birth of my nephew and the pregnancy of my best friend. It has cradled the stress of nursing school and facilitated the joy of earning my dream job. It has witnessed confusion.. all too often. It has created ease and ignited wonder. More importantly, in each stage of my being, it has created an opportunity to reflect and remember how small I am. This seems to relieve a lot of the confusion and uncertainty. It feels like a sense of welcoming. Welcoming us to the space of wonder without losing ourselves. Today, I am reminded that through all of these encounters with this special place, I have been in very different places in my life (job, financial status, physical fitness level, health, education, and relationship), yet I have been the same person with the same purpose in life, the same change-maker way of being, the same optimism, and the same desire. The things we have or do not have in our lives do not define us. If we switch from one job to a completely opposite job or one relationship to another, we are not different people. We are the very same person. The very essence of love that is wrapped in all of the layers of context is the same. You are you and I am me, the ocean stroll loving soul.
May you be well, may you be well, may you be well.