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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
As an early riser, I wanted to start today with a morning beach walk all by myself to see the sunrise with the sand and water touching my feet. A different start to my typical day.
Natural biorhythms awakened me 30 minutes ahead of the sun’s appearance. I looked out the window to the disappointment of a light fog – but I still went to the beach because it was my day.
Down nine flights of stairs, through the lobby, and across the sand straight to the water’s edge. Looking left then right, the lit pre-dawn sky allowed me to notice the beach was all mine. Nobody in sight. Birds weren’t even in the sky.
I walked to the east with an eye on the horizon for the approaching event with the calm water rolling across my feet. I ponder about my life – people, places, events, highs and lows – all are thoughts worthy of separate walks.
A small wave ahead of me washes a small crab toward the shore. I see it fighting to return to the sea – and then the backwash helps deliver its wish and not for me to see again.
Looking ahead, I notice a Great Blue Heron has joined me and stands alone starring across the water. Probably hoping for a morning meal, or at least waiting for a fisherman to arrive.
It’s time – the sun starts rising – but the clouds block its appearance – so I continue walking to the east until I see the sun.
The seagulls are now soaring in the sky above the water – but I haven’t seen any sandpipers, pelicans, or my favorites – the frantic sanderlings.
I look ahead – there it is – the sun appearing out of a cloud. My day has started! I enjoy the moment, smile, and then reverse course.
People are now in sight. I encountered the first person of my day. She smiled and said “Good Morning” as we passed.
A flock of seagulls is now gathered on the beach. Without flying away, they squawk as I pass as if they were singing to me. I smiled, and then they stopped.
The heron still stands and stares on my return trip. The picture capturing this moment is not only one of my favorites, but it is also the backdrop for Beach Walk Reflections.
Morning – The dawning of a new day. A time to notice awakening one more time. A time to get a good start to a new day.
Morning – The loneliness of the beach in the pre-dawn light – a chance to set the tone for the day ahead.
Morning – A time to absorb the freshness of a new day – a time to mentally write sentences.
Morning – A time to breathe, think, and enjoy – and all of this at daybreak.
This is a beach walk reflection. This is the journey we will walk together to think together about a wide variety of topics. This is a time to relax the mind to go deep into the mind.
This is a good way to start my day – and already over 4000 steps – but the rest of the day is unknown. After all, a good start to a day helps in life. However, no matter the time of day or the day of the week, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
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