Taking Comfort in Nature’s Coastal Tranquility
Sometimes, when the turmoil and hardship of human life becomes too much, the calming touch of nature is the best antidote to balance out the strife of personal unrest. Nature, so often the creator of chaos, is also the bringer of so much habitual beauty that its power to benefit as well as disrupt can go unrecognised in daily human life. Ever on the brink of disaster from storm and flood, mighty waves and perishing temperatures, we humans dance a delicate tango with the forces of nature, yet benefit, on those calmer days, from a natural canvas overloaded with aesthetic masterpieces.
When the balance droops lower into the realms of human strife, it is so often mother nature who will take us lost humans into her comforting embrace. No greater was my appreciation of her warming touch than yesterday, when having suffered weeks of personal tragedy, nature itself appeared to hold out her hand of welcome and restore my morale to a rejuvinated calm. When the dark shadow of sudden, tragic death fell upon myself and my family 5 weeks ago, and extinguished in its wake all the sparkle and joy of Christmas, we found ourselves subdued by the heavy burden of loss. When the new year arrived and we attempted to come to terms with our plight, the days of freezing temperatures and grey skies did nothing to lighten our disposition. And so it was that on Friday, surrounded by the remains of a week’s snowfall, we buried my brother-in-law after weeks of painful waiting.
The following day, the sun shone for what appeared the first time in weeks. Filling my soul with hope and my thoughts with levity, I was prompted to take the short stroll from my family home to the sea. There on the beach, with a round winter sun gilding the waves with glittering light, I reveled in the tranquil touch of nature. The lap of the sea, and the smell of seaweed upon the warmed pebbles enabled me to reflect upon the turmoil now past, and revive my energies for the fresh start which hopefully awaits. When human troubles became too much, it was this coastal conversation which reminded me that there is always more to hope for, experiences to cherish, and sensory stimulation still to embrace.
Nature restored me and now I feel like I can begin 2013 again refreshed.
As ever, the changing tides and morphing undulations of the beach landscape provided for plentiful stimulus, as perhaps these few photos I captured on my iPhone will show. I wish you all a great week, and a lucky, healthy, happy continuation of your year.
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