To blog or not to blog, that is the question? Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and, by opposing, end them…..
I sit here pondering this question. Whether I blog (or not) is not a world shattering event. If I don’t blog nobody will know. If I do blog then maybe something insightful will emerge and float up to the surface like flotsam and jetsam come in on the tide – like jewels.
And I remember an occasion years ago walking along a vast golden beach – the tide so far out that it took forever to reach the waves. The sun was glorious.
We walked in a huge loop along the edge of the waves and swung up to the dunes and pine woods in the distance. There was driftwood and shells strewn on the surface of the sand. And then we saw a long curving timber lying there – windweathered and sea-beaten. It was almost covered by the sand. But there was a hole where once there had been a ship’s nail or rivet – just big enough to put my thumb through. I pulled and slowly this magnificent timber appeared like a ship’s sail – five feet or more in length. It was beautiful. It stood there gleaming in the sun.
I had found a treasure I could not leave behind.
There was a piece of old fisherman’s blue rope just long enough to tie through the hole. The three of us pulled and dragged this sail-shaped timber across the miles of sand to our starting point. Then I saw a rusty iron bar – it fitted in the hoop on the timber.
In triumph we put our booty in the car.
It has stood for almost twenty years. A standing stone, a beacon of steadfastness, endurance and strength and beauty that has seen the world and triumphed.
And I wonder at that chance happening on a golden beach – how strange that I found a jewel in the sand. Unexpectedly.
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