The shot above is at least four years old and was taken by my good buddy Bob Coates when he and his wife, Holly, were down here one year for vacation. I've used it in posts and even on a holiday card one year. It's one of my favorite shots of me and Sheila, in the one place that's always brought us a very special peace - the beach.
This isn't a very deep earth-shaking concept this morning, just a reminder and it's for me as much as you. We all have some place we like to be that's an escape from the reality of our daily lives. It's that place where we can just clear our heads; recharge our batteries and where smiles always trump all other expressions.
We used to laugh at my mother because everywhere she went she wanted to be near the water. It would takes us two seatings at any restaurant near water, be it a pond, lake or the sea. Mom had to have just the right table with a view of as much H2O that wasn't in a glass! I guess I got Mom's H20 gene and I couldn't feel luckier.
It's 7:35 and by 9:30 am we're going to be on the beach. I'll spend the day forgetting about business challenges or better yet family issues involving those I was forced to lose when pruning the family tree. Sheila and I will people watch, bird watch and wave watch for most of the day. At the end of it I'll feel like I just came out of the most amazing spa and the smile on my face will be bigger than Alfred E. Neuman's!
So, this isn't a new theme for a Sunday Morning Reflections post, but learn to recognize when you need those special breaks. Savor and appreciate them with someone special and if today's the day you decide to just say, "Screw it - I want today to be special!" then head to the "beach" with us!
As always, make it a great day. Go for those eleven-second hugs and remind somebody special in your life that they ARE your life!
Happy Sunday everybody and thanks for being a part of our lives.
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