I have been on a two month respite. My husband and I chose to stay two months in Florida this year to escape the winter weather. We just “dwelled.” It was wonderful just to “be” for a change.
This personal retreat is good for our marriage. We choose an unpopulated part of Florida, and we know few people there. We must rely on each other for comradeship, encouragement, entertainment, and events of the day. After forty-four years, we know each other well. So, we both exercise at the beginning of our day. Denny bikes, and I do yoga and walk. We both enjoy reading, so we go to the beach and sit and read. We may take a simple lunch like an apple or peanut butter sandwich, but we just enjoy the sounds of the surf, the smell of the salt, the wildlife at Stump Pass, and shell collecting and beach walks. It fills our day with so much peace. Just being one with the sea revives me.
One of my favorite times at the beach is late afternoon when the sun is cooler. I perch my sand chair into the water and just let the waves gently bathe my feet and legs. All I see is teal sea. All I feel is the sun’s warmth and tepid waters. I take in the salty air into my lungs and breathe deeply this fresh scent. I stare at the level horizon and can feel my brain relax. I reach down and pluck a new shell that the incoming tide brings to me. Its beauty is absorbing. I feel the slick finish designed by the sea. I roll the shell in my hands and peep into its crevices. I marvel at the dainty swirled top and the elongated edges. The gentle salmon entrance color creates a warmth within. This is a treasure from the sea. It is an unexpected gift of this day. I delight in the water, the sun, the splashes, and my new found shell.
I thank God for this beauty and unexpected gift. I praise Him for His creation and all the beauty He has provided. I feel His presence in the water, the swirling white clouds above, and the sifting sand below me. I realize that I too am one of His many creations. I am touched by the Almighty this day. For this I am grateful.
It is because of days like this, I have not blogged. I did not have a great internet connection and could not post my blogs. I repeatedly lost them. So, I decided I must need a respite from blogging as well. I missed my blog buddies, my readers, and those of you who take time to comment. I am at a point that I wonder if I should continue. I send this message today to all my faithful followers and friends. I have missed you.