Day 349 Broken

November 23, 2015

(If we live with an open and grateful attitude, every day will bring a gift. This is one of 365 gifts during the year I turned 70.)

I bend down to pick up a piece of sea glass from the beach. Its transformation is not quite finished and after I take a picture of it, I will throw it back into the Chesapeake Bay so it can be fine-tuned and eventually become complete. Its sharp edges were capable once of drawing blood but now, over time, it will become so smooth that it invites touch. 

Where did it come from? Was it once a jar or a bottle? What did the container hold? How did it break? Was it an accident or did someone smash it in anger. Was it tossed into the trash and forgotten? Whatever its origin, it was once whole and then it was broken. Somehow, it found its way to salt water, its redemption. 

It is enough to learn to let go.” ~ ellen cherry *

It was in the letting go that the healing began and the once sharp shard was transformed into a new smooth thing of beauty. But it did not happen in one or two days. It had to be tossed about brutally and trust to nature that it would become whole again—new and more beautiful. Sea glass is a survivor that learned to trust time’s power to transform.

Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

My gift today is sea glass.


If you feel broken, the New Day Campaign is a starting place:       

*ellen cherry:  

Day 350: Naked Stretching

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